*Premarital or Prenuptial Agreement – This is simply a contract under state law which defines the distribution and division of property and assets of a married couple in case of divorce or marriage dissolution. State courts will enforce the contract as a legally binding document between the couple, if all of the state’s legal requirements for premarital agreement have been met. An enforceable Premarital Agreement operates in place of the state’s alimony and spousal support rules. Some of the typical state requirements for a valid and enforceable premarital agreement include:
- that the contract is fair and reasonable to both sides;
- that the agreement is voluntary and understood by both sides; and
- that all of the couple’s property and assets are disclosed to each other.
Often, the U.S. Citizen gentleman is most interested in a Premarital Agreement before his marriage to a foreign spouse in order to protect his U.S. property and assets. However, he has been required under federal immigration regulations to sign a Financial Affidavit of Support to sponsor his foreign spouse to the U.S. on a visa, imposing on him certain financial obligations beforehand. Thus, a Premarital Agreement under these circumstances calls for special care and consideration.
*Our Office offers: Premarital Agreement services to U.S. Citizens expecting to marry a foreign spouse. We will draft, prepare, revise and complete the Premarital Agreement in close consultation with the U.S. Citizen gentleman client. Careful consideration and discussion will be given to the applicable state’s legal requirements for a valid and enforceable Premarital Agreement. We will also handle the word-for-word translation of the document into the foreign spouse’s native language. Our Premarital Agreements are provided for signature word-for-word in two languages – English and the native language of the spouse. Our Office will suggest and utilize outside document translators who charge independent fees.
*SERVICES LIMITED TO CERTAIN STATES: Because certain states effectively require that premarital agreements be prepared by local attorneys in the home state, Our Office only offer premarital services to couples in certain states. Please contact us for further details about which particular states Our Office can handle.
*RELEASE AND WAIVER: Please note that our Services are only provided under strict Contract provisions which require legal release and waiver of liability of Our Office.
*ADVANCE NOTICE: In order to have sufficient time to properly prepare and execute a Premarital Agreement, Our Office requests Advance Notice of at least 60 days before marriage.
Read Our Contract for Professional Services: Premarital Agreement
|Premarital Agreement – Fees & Costs (Current to August 2017)|
|Attorney Fee: $1,500|
|Document Translation to Spouse’s Native Language: Estimated $250 or more|
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THE PREMARITAL AGREEMENT AND COMMON QUESTIONS & ANSWERS