Marriage is undeniably one of the most critically important institutions in our society. Even today, as the cultural meaning of marriage has shifted in many ways, marriage continues to shape and inform our lives in countless ways. Given that marriage has such a strong romantic purpose, people often shy away from dealing with some of the less glamorous aspects of marriage. But, in order to better protect yourself and your future, you need to think about some of the serious implications which can follow after you tie the knot.
In this post, we’re going to discuss a few reasons why you should consider consulting with an attorney before you get married here in the State of Florida. Most people understand that an attorney can assist you during a divorce, but fewer people know that attorneys can also provide valuable assistance before the marriage even takes place. Let’s look at a few of the key reasons for this below.
Most people have some inkling that prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can be useful, but relatively fewer people have any knowledge of the details. One of the main advantages which can be derived from consulting with an attorney prior to marriage is learning about the details of these contracts. Contrary to what many suppose, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are not just tools of the rich, but instead can be useful to virtually every member of society. An attorney can explain the details of how these contracts work, how enforceability works in the State of Florida, and how exactly these tools can help you. What most people don’t realize is that these devices can be used to save you a great deal of money and hassle in the event of divorce, they aren’t simply meant to selfishly guard intergenerational assets.
Relatedly, an attorney can shed light on all the financial ramifications of divorce, which is something which all soon-to-be married people need to know about. If you eventually divorce, you will need to cope with the financial demands of hiring an attorney, hiring expert witnesses (as needed), hiring a mediator (as needed), child support (if necessary), and so forth. There are tons of costs associated with divorce, and so future newlyweds need to be aware and prepare themselves accordingly. Of course, no one enters marriage with any intention of going through a divorce, but planning for eventualities is why we have lifeboats on cruise ships.
In addition to the financial demands of divorce, the divorce process itself can be mentally and emotionally draining. This is another thing which future newlyweds need to understand. The divorce process has lots of formal requirements, procedures and deadlines; if you have children with your spouse, this will complicate the divorce many times over. There is the initial complaint, the initial response, property division, alimony or spousal maintenance issues, and so forth. Whenever children are involved, the spouses must develop a workable custody arrangement, visitation schedule, child support, and so forth. Depending on all the variables, some divorces can last many months. Again, no one ever “plans” for divorce, but people certainly need to be aware of the sheer difficulty involved with the divorce process before they marry.
The Family Matters Law Firm has over 25 years of experience serving families in Miami. We strive to assist our clients with all aspects of the divorce and separation processes, including conflict resolution, therapist referrals, and finance management referrals. We will help you divorce yourself from the fight and find peace of mind as you make a fresh start.
Call us today at The Family Matters Law Firm at (305) 701-2901 or contact us online to schedule a strategy session for legal advice with a legal separation attorney in Miami, FL.
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