Our St. Louis, MO family law attorneys draft prenuptial, postnuptial, and cohabitation agreements that are custom-tailored to each client’s unique personal circumstances.
Spouses-to-be regularly sign prenuptial agreements for a variety of different reasons. Perhaps one fiancé has children from a prior marriage and both parties agree that those children should retain certain property rights or assets. Or, maybe one fiancé has substantial property that he or she prefers not to become joint property once they say, “I do.”
Postnuptial & Cohabitation Agreements
A postnuptial agreement will generally serve the same purposes and be subject to the same legal principles as a prenuptial agreement – the only difference being that it is signed after you get married, not beforehand. Spouses enter into postnuptial agreements for a variety of different reasons, ranging from running out of time to sign a prenup to encountering new circumstances (for example, as the result of a substantial inheritance) that counsel in favor of putting an agreement in place.
If you are considering a postnuptial agreement, we can help you thoroughly assess your situation and prepare an agreement that will serve you and your spouse for years to come.
A cohabitation agreement is a formal written agreement between partners who choose to live together without getting married. Similar to prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements can cover a wide range of issues, including those listed above. However, since the laws that apply to married couples do not apply to unmarried cohabitants, cohabitation agreements frequently cover a number of additional topics as well.
Can My Spouse, Fiancé, or Partner and I Share an Attorney?
While it may be tempting to hire a single attorney to represent both you and your loved one during the preparation of your agreement, attorneys are prohibited from representing both spouses.
In addition, even if you and your loved one are on the same page, it is important that you each receive unbiased, confidential advice.
By working with separate attorneys, you can make sure that your agreement accurately reflects both of your interests without compromise. Hiring separate attorneys will also help ensure that your agreement will withstand scrutiny in court. At Raza & Jones, LLC we will work with you and your loved one’s attorney to make sure that preparing your agreement is an amicable and respectful process.