Charleston Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer
Legal Guidance for Your Marriage
While it may not be romantic, prenuptial agreements are a wise idea for any couples who bring personal or business property into the union. Although you may never anticipate getting divorced, a prenuptial agreement protects your assets and your future against that possibility. Finances are one of the main factors leading to divorce and the existence of a prenuptial agreement can clear up many of these issues before the marriage even starts.
Although prenuptial agreements are often associated with wealthy businesspersons and celebrities, they have tremendous value for many couples. A prenup can protect your family business, retirement benefits, and even your credit. Our Charleston family law attorney has handled many divorce cases, and has seen firsthand how contentious these situations can become if a prenuptial agreement doesn’t exist.
Our family lawyer can draft a prenuptial agreement that fits your needs. Call Shaw Law Firm, LLC at (843) 256-3499.
Reasons to Create a Prenuptial Agreement
To protect your financial assets—
- In the event you get divorced, real estate, bank accounts, and other types of assets can be covered by a prenup. Liability can also be established for existing debt.
To support your estate plan—
- In South Carolina, spousal rights can supersede a will. In a prenuptial agreement, the right to inherit a set percentage of your property can be waived, thus giving more authority to the instructions in your will.
To protect your marriage—
- Finances are cited as one of the most common causes for disputes among married couples. A prenuptial agreement can prevent many of these arguments by establishing responsibility for specific financial situations.
To protect your children—
- Related to your estate plan, a prenuptial agreement can help you protect the inheritance of children from a previous marriage.
What Cannot Be Included in a Prenup?
Prenuptial agreements are designed to address financial matters related to a marriage. However, there are a few provisions which will not be allowed in South Carolina.
- These issues include anything related to:
- Illegal or unlawful activity
- Child support or child custody
- Incentives for divorce
- Personal, rather than financial matters
Don’t Begin Without an experienced Charleston Family Lawyer
Due to the binding and complex nature of prenuptial agreements, it’s crucial to involve a skilled Charleston family law lawyer. In fact, both parties must have independent counsel for the prenuptial agreement to be considered valid in a South Carolina court.
At Shaw Law Firm, LLC, Attorney Heather Shaw is well-versed in the drafting and execution of prenuptial agreements. Her experience in a wide range of family law matters helps her consider the effect a prenuptial agreement can have in other areas, such as estate planning.
Shaw Law Firm, LLC can help you protect your financial future. Schedule an initial consultation with our experienced family law attorney!