Do You Need a Premarital Agreement Before You Get Married?
Are you wondering whether you should have a prenuptial (premarital) agreement before you get married? Has your fiancé asked you to sign a prenup and you're not sure you should sign? Are you considering divorce and want to know if the prenuptial agreement you signed is valid in Oregon?
At the law office of McNeil & Goldstein, in Hillsboro, Oregon we provide skilled legal representation related to prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Our family lawyers can help you decide whether you need a premarital agreement, as well as draft, negotiate, and review your agreement. We have years of experience helping individuals protect their individual property.
If you have questions about prenuptial agreements call us at (503) 608-7850 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
Are Prenuptial Agreements Valid in Oregon?
Premarital agreements allow individuals to enter into a contract with their future spouse, which governs certain financial issues in the marriage and in any future divorce. In Oregon, premarital agreements are governed by statute. If the parties have fully and fairly disclosed their assets, income, debts and other financial information, and the agreement is correctly drafted and signed, the agreement is probably valid and enforceable.
Careful Drafting and Review of Prenups Is Essential
A prenuptial agreement can help avoid future disputes over the division of property in a divorce. It can also meet estate planning goals, such as ensuring that certain assets or property will be inherited by your children from a prior relationship.
While premarital agreements are generally enforceable in Oregon, they can be challenged if they don't meet certain legal requirements. That is why it is important to work with an attorney who has considerable experience in this area and knows what makes an agreement enforceable.
Terms of a prenup relating to spousal maintenance and the division of property and assets in a divorce will generally be enforced by the court in a future divorce. However, terms dealing with child custody, parenting time or the payment of child support will usually not be valid or binding.
Contact our law firm today to schedule a meeting to discuss a prenuptial agreement with one of our attorneys. We are dedicated to providing you with accomplished legal representation in the areas of family law and estate planning.