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What can I include in a prenuptial agreement?

When you are preparing for your wedding, perhaps the last thing you might want to think about is the possibility of the marriage ending in divorce. However, taking a little time to make a backup plan that addresses various divorce-related issues, even though they may never arise, can give you and your partner peace of mind.

This is why it can be wise to create a prenuptial agreement. These contracts set critical guidelines and expectations that only come into play if a couple divorces, which can make the difficult process of ending a marriage a little easier. Below, we discuss some of the elements you might address in your prenup. There could be some that surprise you.

Can we keep details of our divorce private?

When affluent people get divorced, there can be a lot of financial information and resources involved in the process. Parties must disclose all the details of their assets and liabilities, and there can be discussions regarding business ownership, property rights and investments.

This information is critical in ensuring parties resolve various matters like property division fairly and in accordance with state law. However, it isn't something that divorcing spouses always feel comfortable disclosing to the public. If you are getting divorced and have sensitive financial information you wish to keep private, you might consider the following solutions.

What happens to all our personal property in a divorce?

Couples typically acquire countless personal items during their marriage, from furniture and computers to artwork and jewelry. Spouses buy books, gaming consoles and household appliances. If that couple divorces, these and other personal property items can be eligible for division.

Dividing personal property can be more complicated than people expect, even though the items are typically small and less expensive than property like cars and homes. To better understand how to navigate the process of dividing household items and personal property, read on below. 

What factors will determine whether I will collect alimony?

Spousal support, or alimony, can be a contentious matter in Michigan divorces. Often, one person feels entitled to this financial support and the other person has every intention of avoiding this responsibility, which makes it exceedingly difficult to reach agreements.

So, how do you (or the courts) make a decision on spousal support? Many factors will affect whether the someone pays or receives alimony in Michigan.

How are disagreements between parents sharing custody resolved?

Parents who divorce or split up will often share joint and/or physical custody of their children. This is because it is often in a child's best interests to have a relationship with both parents. As such, many Michigan parents will have to make child-related decisions cooperatively.

Ideally, parents would agree on all these decisions. Realistically, though, parents often run into situations where they disagree on matters that they both have the right to make decisions on. So, what happens when parents cannot agree?

What should we include in our parenting time arrangements?

Reaching a decision on child custody is no small achievement, whether that decision is the result of mediation or litigation. However, it is only the first step of raising a child with but separately from another parent. After this decision comes the process of putting that plan into place and adjusting to the changes that come with it.

As difficult as this can be, parents should understand the guidance that comes from a custody order. This document provides critical direction that can make it easier to understand boundaries and expectations. Considering how valuable this document can be, divorcing parents should know what these orders typically include.

Should we have a formal court order for child support?

Divorcing doesn't always involve animosity, distrust or anger. There are people who part ways amicably and with respect and compassion for each other. While this can make the legal process of ending the relationship easier, it can also create a false sense of security when it comes to the agreements parties reach during a divorce.

For instance, if you are a parent going through an amicable divorce, you might think that reaching informal agreements with your former partner without representation or court orders can allow you to avoid messy legal issues. However, this may not be true.

Why is it important to establish paternity?

Legally identifying parentage is crucial, whether you are a mother, a presumed father or an alleged father.

Below, we explain a few of the reasons why it can be important to establish paternity. We also provide some basic information on the paternity laws and process here in Michigan.

What is separate property?

If you are getting divorced, one of your main concerns can be how you will divide your physical assets and property. Often, this is one of the most contentious steps in a divorce, so it is wise to be prepared and understand how the process works.

One of the most important things to know is that Michigan is an equitable distribution state, which means that the division of assets should reflect what is fair or equitable. It is also crucial to understand that there are two types of property: marital and separate. In this post, we will look at what separate property is and what happens to it during a divorce.

What happens if I start dating during my divorce?

Getting divorced can be a painful process, even if you are ready to end the marriage and find happiness in a new relationship. And sometimes, the act or effort to move on can actually make the process more complicated.

Dating during a divorce is something a lot of people wonder about, so it is important to know that it can affect a divorce in various ways. 


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