Marriage law includes laws pertaining to the establishment of a valid marriage, as well as laws pertaining to pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. There are popular misconceptions about annulment. It is not possible to get an annulment just because you have been married for a short time. Attorney Virginia Perry has experience in annulment law and can advise you regarding the grounds for an annulment and assist you with the process if you qualify. Most people have heard of prenups or even marital agreements and separation agreements, but not many are familiar with cohabitation agreements. Perry Law group, just 20 minutes south of Richmond, can assist you in your marriage law matters and we will devote our time to work with you hand in hand, to get the outcome you desire.
A prenup is a good idea if:
- The parties are older with significant assets accrued to one or both of them.
- One or both parties have children from a prior relationship.
- One or both parties have acquired wealth through actively managed business or investment portfolio(s) or pension/retirement account(s) and desire to ensure that the property remains separate property.
- One party has made promises to induce the other to relocate and/or marry the other.
- There is a disparity in the respective incomes of the parties.
- One or both of the parties have debts going into the marriage.
- One party is giving up, selling, or disposing of property in consolidating your households.
- If one or both parties would like to change the provision made for the spouse under Virginia estate law and statutes, then a prenup is a good idea.
- At any time, one or both parties desire to clarify which items of property will be deemed marital and which will be deemed separate or to limit or eliminate the possibility of spousal support.
Q: What is required to get married?
Q: Is there an age requirement for marriage in VA?
Q: What if a minor misrepresents his/her age and marries?
Q: Does Virginia recognize "Common Law" marriage?
Q: Does Virginia law acknowledge the validity of pre-marital agreements?
Q: What are the statutory requirements for these contracts?
Q: Is the prenup effective when executed?
Q: What happens to the prenup, if the marriage is found to be void?
Q: Are there circumstances when parties should consider having a prenup?
The process of discussing these areas and arriving at agreements with respect to these areas is good for relationships. The leading cause of divorce is financial disagreements. Working through those areas before the wedding is much better than discovering after the wedding that you are not suited to each other.
Remember, if you choose to marry without a prenup and subsequently find yourself facing separation and divorce, you effectively chose the provisions and allowances contained in Virginia divorce law pertaining to spousal support, property division, etc. Even if you reach a property settlement during your separation, the terms of the agreement will probably be influenced by the rights and obligations of you and your spouse as reflected in Virginia law. As we tell our divorce clients who complain about how much it costs them to separate out their financial interests in the divorce, they chose the statutory scheme by not having a prenup.
Q: What types of things may the parties determine by contract?
Q: Is it too late to reach an agreement, if I already married without a prenup?
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