Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
Missouri law recognizes premarital agreements. Such agreements are referred to by a variety of names, such as antenuptial agreements, premarital agreements, prenuptial agreements, or simply “prenups.” In any event, such agreements allow the parties to alter existing legal rights, by agreement, and to specify with precision how a future divorce should play out. They may also specify the rights of the surviving spouse in the event of death.
Prenuptial agreements are most commonly sought in anticipation of second-or-later marriages in which one or both parties wish to preserve the assets they have accumulated previous to the marriage for their children of a prior marriage or relationship. However, there are many other ways a prenuptial agreement can be useful in relation to any contemplated marriage.
Postnuptial agreements are also recognized by Missouri law. They are agreements formalized by the parties to an existing marriage, which may also alter existing legal rights and specify with precision what the rights of the parties will be in the event of a later divorce or the death of a party. These agreements have become so prevalent that we are negotiating and drafting prenuptial agreements more often and commonly than ever before.
You may wish to meet with a family law attorney for a consultation to discuss whether a prenuptial agreement is in your interests, or to discuss the wish of your fiancé that a prenuptial agreement be entered into by you. Please call us and we will be happy to be of assistance to you.