A prenuptial (prenup) agreement is a contract entered into prior to marriage that commonly includes provisions regarding property division and spousal support in the event of a future ending, if the marriage by divorce/dissoution, or by the death of one of the spouses. Suggesting a prenup can cause some tension in a relationship, but in some situations a prenup may be very important in the event of a future divorce. This should be evaluated when considering a prenup. Ohio family lawyer John Heilbrun can discuss the pros and cons of these agreements with you during your initial consultation.
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If you are considering a divorce, it is vital that you speak with an experienced divorce attorney prior to taking any action. There are a number of common financial mistakes people make when trying to divorce without legal guidance, and these mistakes can be incredibly costly. In addition, if you and your spouse have minor children it is essential that you understand all the children related issues that will arise if your marriage is terminated.
Divorce planning will include accumulating all financial related records and documents including bank statements, records related to investment accounts, retirement plan and pension statements, life insurance information, records related to all real estate in which you or your spouse have an interest, as well as documentation related to all of your debts. If any of your assets or debts may be separate or premarital property, it is essential to try and accumulate records that will support and establish this position. It is also imperative that records be provided to establish the current incomes of you and your spouse as well as copies of tax returns over at least the past few years.
Divorce planning also requires careful thought and consideration regarding the children and the manner in which you and your spouse may divide your rights and responsibilities related to your children after your marriage ends.
If you proceed to initiate divorce proceedings without careful advance planning, the result may be detrimental for you financially and harmful to your children. Attorney Heilbrun can help you plan for your divorce to help protect against such results.
Before you file for a divorce, an assessment should be taken of your financial and family situation. This assessment will become the basis for all decisions regarding alimony, child custody, child support, and property division. Done without careful planning, this may result in an inequitable division of property and debt, or decisions regarding the allocation of your parental rights and responsibilities that may not be in your children’s best interests. Attorney Heilbrun can help you plan for your divorce to make sure your interests are protected.
Divorce Lawyer John Heilbrun Can Help
With over 35 years experience helping people in the Cincinnati area, divorce lawyer John Heilbrun has seen many situations in which poor planning has led to negative consequences for both spouses and their children. When you are considering divorce, he can help you avoid costly pitfalls to help ensure a fair division of property, reasonable spousal support if appropriate, and an allocation of parental rights and responsibilities that will be best for your family.
If you live in or around Cincinnati, Ohio and are planning on filing for divorce or otherwise ending your marriage, please contact the Law Office of John Heilbrun to schedule an informative consultation today.