A marriage contract is a contract between you and your partner and lasts the duration of your marriage. Assets such as wealth, debts and income are usually covered by a typical marriage pact to help couples avoid financial surprises should the relationship break down in the future. In the past, couples have entered into pre-marriage agreements with some uncertainty as to their validity. Today, the presumed validity and applicability of such agreements is no longer at issue in states that have adopted UPAA/UPMAA, including Florida, Virginia, New Jersey and California.  Post-up agreements have become increasingly common in recent years, and almost all 50 U.S. states now allow them. In many ways, post-nupes are almost identical to prenups. The biggest difference is that the post-uptial arrangements are made after the marriage. In the past, in England and Wales, marital agreements had not been considered legally applicable in England and Wales for public policy reasons. In a prenup, you can also determine what your spouse will receive from your estate (if any) in the event of divorce or death. This is especially important if you have a large estate and children from a previous marriage to whom you wish to leave part, if not all, of this estate.
If you do not sign a marriage agreement that spells out these details, most states automatically give a portion of your estate to your surviving spouse after your death. It is a very sad fact that many relationships between couples break up and when they do, not only can it cause a lot of grief, but it can also become a long and costly affair. Relationship agreements are legally binding documents that can protect you from unnecessary costs and litigation in the future. They can take the form of a cohabitation agreement (also known as a life partnership agreement) or a preliminary contract, a prior partnership agreement or a post-uptial agreement. Routh Clarke can help you make the right deal for your circumstances. For a marital agreement to be confirmed in court, the agreement must be considered fair to both parties. This means that you must both present your financial situation in its entirety and obtain independent legal advice on your agreement. A marital agreement does not solve all the problems you may have with your spouse.
Find out what a pre-marriage contract can and cannot do to protect you and your spouse`s interests. When a U.S. citizen decides to marry an immigrant, that person often serves as a visa sponsor to ask his fiancée to enter or stay in the United States. The Dept. Homeland Security requires that persons who sponsor their fiance come to the United States on a visa to make a declaration of support and it is important to consider the obligation under oath to support a U.S. sponsor about to sign a pre-married agreement. The Asidavit of Support establishes a 10-year contract between the U.S. government and the sponsor, which requires the sponsor to financially support the fiancé on its own resources.  As expressly stated on Form I-864, divorce does not end the obligations of assistance owed by the promoter of the U.S. government and the immigrant spouse to rights as a third party beneficiary of the sponsor`s promise of support in the affidavit I-864.