Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

Angelina and Brad reportedly have a prenup agreement. Family lawyers say you should, too.

Celebrity watchers reeled when Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt on Sept. 19 after two years of marriage and 12 years together. While determining custody of their six children could prolong the divorce — Jolie is asking for physical custody — the task of dividing Brangelina’s estimated $400 million fortune may go quite…

Do You Need A Prenup?

Short answer: Yes! Long answer: A prenup, or prenuptial agreement if you’re being fancy, is a contract between two people who are getting married. Every prenup is different, but usually it lays out what will happen with regard to property and spousal support if the impending marriage ends in divorce. What exactly is covered and…

Common Prenuptial Agreement Legal Issues

Agreements before (prenuptial) and after marriage are increasingly considered when the marital or cohabiting partners have significant differences in wealth, pension rights, family businesses, and children from previous marriages whose inheritance rights are to be secured. It is often argued that prenuptial agreements reflect a lack of trust. However, we live in a trust but…

Protecting Your Pet in a Divorce

Despite pets being a loving and integral member of families, the law has not caught up with this view, and still sees pets as property. But because pets are such an integral part of families, during a divorce, it can be a “custody” battle over your pet that causes a lot of disagreement and friction.…

What Happens When a Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreement is Invalidated in Massachusetts

Both prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements can be valuable tools for spouses. It can give guidance regarding the division of assets and support in the event of a divorce or a spouse’s death. It gives some predictability and certainty, which is not always guaranteed in the circumstances of a divorce in which there is neither…

Postnuptial Agreements

Dear Clients and Friends, Properly executed pre-nuptial agreements have been enforceable for sometime in the state of Massachusetts. These agreements are entered into between the couple before they are married to protect assets each party had at the time of marriage. Here are Amaral & Associates, P.C., we prepare pre-nuptial agreements on a regular basis…

Antenuptial Agreements: Setting the Tone for Compromise and Communication in the Marriage

A pre-nuptial agreement is a great test for a marriage and the couple’s ability to compromise on what will likely be recurring themes in the relationship. Relationships, like a prenuptial agreement, are full of compromise and negotiation. Two people entering into a marriage need to know how to have the difficult conversations and find fair…

PreNups: Myths v. Truths

There are several myths regarding Pre-Nuptial Agreements that prevent many couples from broaching the topic. Keep reading to find if a Pre-Nup is right for you! MYTH #1: ONLY PROTECT WEALTHIER SPOUSE False. Pre-Nuptial Agreements must be fair for both parties. If the Agreement is found to be unconscionable by the Judge, it will not…