TAMPA PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS
Mediating Premarital Agreements: Planning For Divorce, Death Or Incapacity
A prenuptial agreement is a contract between consenting spouses that preserves the status quo and streamlines proceedings in the unfortunate event of divorce. “Prenups” can also provide protection and clarity for other life events, such as a spouse’s death or disability.
Premarital or postnuptial agreements can be useful:
- When dual-income couples wish to keep assets and accounts separate
- When one spouse brings significant assets to the marriage
- To protect inheritance rights of children from a prior marriage
- To anticipate health care issues and estate matters
- To specify how assets will be used or debts paid upon incapacity
- To spell out distribution of assets in divorce or upon death
- To provide for a financial settlement or postmarital support
- For assets acquired after marriage (business, inheritance, lawsuit settlement, etc.)
Attorney Beth Reineke is well-versed in prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements. She is certified as a mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. She mediates with couples throughout the Tampa Bay Area who are contemplating premarital agreements.
“She mixed her life experience, and legal training, with patience, logic, and persuasion, to move our case forward to a more thoughtful, and peaceful resolution, for everyone involved.”
Assets titled to one spouse may still be subject to equitable distribution in divorce or subject to the Florida laws of succession in the event of death. A properly drafted prenuptial agreement identifies separate property that belongs to each spouse (such as a house or business owned prior to marriage), and clarifies what the spouse and other heirs would receive in case of death. These issues get tricky when the value of assets appreciate during the marriage or when separate assets are commingled or enhanced by community funds. There is no substitute for the knowledge of a divorce attorney who has practiced in Florida for more than 30 years.
Beth Reineke can carefully construct your prenuptial/postnuptial agreement to withstand legal scrutiny and make sure that both spouses are “on the same page.” The agreement may address:
- Assignment of specific assets
- Terms of divorce settlement
- Responsibility for debts and loans
- Obligations toward college funding
- Lump sum settlements or alimony payments
- Waiver of spousal support
- Provisions for nursing home care
- Heroic measures and end-of-life care
- Access to health records, legal documents, etc.
- Authority over accounts, transactions, etc.
- Who inherits what (spouse, children, relatives)
- Funeral arrangements and burial/cremation
Premarital and postmarital agreements can be as simple or complex as necessary to meet your goals. Premarital contracts, however, cannot dictate terms of child custody or child support in divorce — only the family courts have dominion over those matters.
Ms. Reineke assists spouses in determining the terms of the agreement, including scenarios foreseen from her years of experience. She provides guidance regarding mandatory financial disclosures and other compliance. Once the terms are agreed and the statutory requirements are met, she prepares the prenuptial agreement for you.
Supreme Court Certified Mediator
Not all mediators are licensed attorneys- Attorney Beth Reineke brings legal experience and practical insights to the mediation process.
Over 3 Decades of Legal Experience
Attorney-Mediator Beth Reineke has over 3 decades of legal experience in helping families find divorce resolutions.
We believe any aspect of divorce and custody can be resolved without a courtroom fight. Beth Reineke has mediated complex property division, entrenched custody disputes, and high-stakes alimony and child support issues. She provides creative suggestions, gentle guidance and reality check wisdom from her years of experience in courtroom wars.
We offer free phone consultations and reasonable rates for mediation, drafting of agreements, preparation of court documents and other mediation services. During your initial consultation, Attorney Reineke will discuss the benefits of mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and whether these methods are the right fit for your situation.