What Every Newlywed Should Know About Divorce

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and marriage! While you embark on this journey together, it’s essential to be aware of the legal aspects surrounding marriage and divorce. This Article serves as a comprehensive guide for newlyweds, offering a checklist to consider before tying the knot and if facing the possibility of divorce.

As you begin this exciting chapter of your life, it’s crucial to understand the legal implications of marriage, divorce, and death. Marriage is a significant commitment, but it’s essential to be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances, including the possibility of divorce. This brochure will provide you with essential information and a checklist to ensure you are well-informed every step of the way.

Before saying “I do,” consider the following legal checklist:

Marriage is a Contract:

Marriage, at its core, is a legal contract that brings together two individuals in a union recognized by the law. As with any contract, it establishes rights and responsibilities for both parties.

Pre-nuptial Agreement

Discuss and consider whether a pre-nuptial agreement is appropriate for your situation.  A prenuptial/antenuptial can serve as the operating agreement for your marriage and will modify the rights and responsibilities from that set by law to one desired by the parties. It outlines the agreed upon financial responsibilities of each spouse, division of assets, entitlement to spousal support/alimony in the event of divorce, and can address spousal issues related to death.

Our family law attorneys are focused on efficiently and effectively preparing clients for the most difficult circumstances. The attorneys at HAWM law have experience dealing with an array of family law matters and can prepare the necessary and often unique strategy and tools that your family may require.

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Financial Disclosure

Be transparent about your financial situation, including assets, debts, and income. Understanding each other’s financial status, relationship with money, and money habits are crucial for building trust, navigating financial challenges, and managing finances effectively.

Legal Obligations

Understand the legal rights and responsibilities that come with marriage, such as spousal support, property rights, and healthcare decision-making.

Marriage License

Obtain a marriage license from the appropriate authority to legally solemnize your marriage. Ensure that you record the license after the marriage ceremony to seal the deal. If either you or spouse have prior marriages, ensure that the prior marriage was properly dissolved – review the judgment or divorce decree!

At HAWM Law, we understand the challenges that come with the territory of divorce. Our experienced team in Orlando, Florida, is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the process, ensuring you receive the support and representation you deserve. For more information or to discuss your case, please contact us.

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