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Prenuptial Agreements Can Smooth Marriage Troubles

by | Jun 4, 2015 | Firm News

Theodore Enfield Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer Miami knows sometimes, marriages don’t work out.  For this reason, future married couples are often advised to form prenuptial, or premarital, agreements that fairly divide assets between the two people in the event of a divorce. Prenuptial agreements are well-known from the Renaissance era in Europe and earlier elsewhere. They are well-established in religions such as Judaism and Islam as well, being central, in fact, in some circles of Orthodox Judaism.

Theodore Enfield, a prenuptial agreement lawyer Miami, can provide advice and legal expertise to prenuptial agreements as required by law—as well as help couples form postnuptial agreements if they’re already married. The most common recurring problem in prenuptial agreements is the lack of full disclosure between the parties. Hiding or holding back value or assets can be prevented by the presence and mediation of a lawyer.

In Judaism, “ketubahs,” or prenuptial contracts, have long been tradition, and they are read aloud at weddings. They help define what marriage means to both the couple and to their religious community. Similarly, in Islam, a marriage contract, or “Katb el-Kitab,” ensures that the bride and groom understand what marriage demands of them, and solidifies their life together in legal writing.

In the United States, prenuptial agreements are recognized, but not always enforced by courts. Typically, they have to be facilitated in front of a notary public to be valid, and even then, it’s advisable to have an attorney (for both parties) to make sure the agreement is enforced to the benefit of everyone involved. In Miami, a family law office is the best source for legal counsel in this regard.

If a bride and groom have no prenuptial agreement that outlines how marital assets and funds should be separated, Florida law stipulates that a court consider each person’s contribution to the household and to the marriage. For this situation, it’s usually necessary to hire a divorce lawyer to mediate the division of property. Theodore H. Enfield specializes in dealing with these types of cases, and has practiced as a Miami family attorney for over 30 years.

If there are children involved, Theodore Enfield is also a practicing Miami child custody lawyer who can help find common ground for the children and decisively negotiate the custody rights involved. Theodore Enfield gives free child custody consultations by telephone.

To contact Theodore Enfield’s family law office please call his number or visit theodoreenfield.com.