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What is a Prenuptal Agreement?
A prenuptial agreement (also known as a "prenup", "prenup agreement", "antenuptial agreement", or "premarital agreement" is really just a contract between two parties that is entered into prior to marriage (or civil union) that typically governs the division of property and providing of spousal support in the event of a dissolution of the marriage (or civil union).
The state of Florida recognizes validly entered into prenuptial agreements and the courts in Florida will enforce the terms of a prenup agreement, provided certain conditions are satisfied prior to the execution of the agreement and provided the document contains certain provisions.
The three main goals of a well crafted prenuptial agreement are (i) to provide clarity to the parties as to how property owned by the parties (whether owned jointly or singularly - prior to and during the marriage) will be divided in the event of a divorce, (ii) to clearly define each parties rights, duties and obligations after the marriage (or civil union) has terminated, and (iii) to reduce the potential for expensive and unnecessary litigation in the event the marriage (or civil union) does not withstand the test of time.
In addition, properly prepared prenuptial agreements generally address other potential issues like spousal support and oftentimes custodial arrangements after the dissolution of the marriage (or civil union).
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