Marriage! Marriage is what brings us together today. Marriage. That blessed arrangement. That dream within a dream. Marriage is the combining of two completely different entities and creating a new one that will last through the ages and leave an impression on generations to come.
But what if it doesn’t? No one plans a wedding with the intention of ending the marriage. No one walks down the aisle with the intention of dissolving the relationship in the future.
But then, no one plans on getting into a car accident either. You buy insurance to protect you in case you get into an accident despite your best efforts.
That’s what a prenuptial agreement is. Insurance against an unforeseeable future where anything can happen despite your best-laid plans.
For a marriage to be valid in the State of Florida, both parties to the marriage must apply for a license at any clerk’s office in Florida. The license is valid for up to 60 days—during which time the parties must complete their marriage ceremony and submit the completed license back to the clerk’s office to obtain an official marriage certificate.
Common law marriages are not recognized in Florida unless they were validated in another state before moving to Florida.
Nobody wants to consider the possibility of their happily ever after fairytale marriage ending. Prior to saying “I Do,” couples may want to consider the worst case scenario.
For couples where one or both parties have significant assets prior to marriage, they may want to execute a pre-nuptial agreement to protect their interests in the event of a divorce. If you are considering marriage, here are a few provisions that pre-nuptial agreements may include to protect your assets and interests in case of divorce:
Prenuptial Agreements may include these provisions as well as provisions that protect very personalized areas important to individual clients such as social media concerns, inheritances, and businesses owned by one or both parties. Ultimately, while couples do not want to consider the possibility of a marriage ending, they are often better having a prenuptial agreement and not needing it rather than someday needing it and not having the prenuptial agreement.