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Prenuptial agreements: Important documents to have in place

Planning a wedding in Oregon and elsewhere around the country often elicits romantic images and feelings of everlasting love. However, many experts are recommending that couples thoroughly discuss their financial situation prior to tying the knot. In fact, many suggest that couples get prenuptial agreements to avoid potential issues in the future.

Retaining possession of an inheritance following divorce

It can be difficult, if not impossible, to predict what the future will hold. Over the years, many individuals in Oregon and across the country have reached a point in life, whether gradually or suddenly, where change is necessary. One of the more stressful and intimidating changes a person might face is the end of a marriage. Divorce can be challenging both emotionally and financially, but the latter may be less burdensome if certain precautions are in place.

Prenuptial agreements a must for successful couples

When most couples get married, little thought is given to the possibility that their marriage might end someday. While no one is likely to be thinking of divorce before the marriage license is signed, it is definitely important for Oregon couples to consider preparing a prenuptial agreement before the wedding. The agreement is even more critical for those couples that are equally successful as individuals to protect their respective financial futures. Prenuptial agreements, or prenups, sometimes have negative connotations associated with them, but they are vital documents to protect divorcing spouses.

Discover the benefits of prenuptial agreements

Every couple is different, but some Oregon couples may benefit from taking the appropriate steps to protect their interests before marriage. Prenuptial agreements are simple, yet effective, tools that can protect finances and personal property in the event that a couple gets divorced. Prenuptial agreements are often associated with wealthy or high-income individuals, but there may be benefits to couples of any income level.

What are Family Abuse Prevention Act restraining orders?

When Oregon couples are not getting along, arguments might be frequent, and could even escalate to a point where someone calls the police. The state's law enforcement agencies and the courts take allegations of domestic violence seriously. If necessary, Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) restraining orders could be issued.

When kids suffer during divorce, doctors may be able to help

No matter how badly two people may want to separate from one another, no one enjoys going through a divorce. It can be a difficult and emotional event for even the most stable of adults. For children whose parents are getting a divorce, it can be traumatizing. A newly published report offers some suggestions on how Oregon parents can best help their children to cope during what is surely an upsetting time for them.

Extra child support ordered by judge for gifted child

All parents know the high cost of raising children. For those that participate in activities such as clubs or teams, the costs are even greater. When a couple with kids gets a divorce, however, these sorts of activities generally do not warrant increased child support payments. In a recent ruling on the opposite coast from Oregon, however, a judge went against that trend in a case involving an exceptional child. 

When child custody goes to court, private issues become public

When a couple with children divorces, they should do their best to provide a stable situation for their kids during a time of upheaval. It is generally preferable to make child custody arrangements in a collaborative manner, when possible. If this cannot be done, the Oregon courts will have to rule on any disputes that arise, either during the divorce, or in later years. Unfortunately, sometimes deeply private situations can become a matter of public record.

Prenuptial agreements can address important factors in divorce

Few things can wreck a romantic mood quite like talking about finances, but for soon-to-be married couples, the benefits could be phenomenal. Nearly half of first marriages in Oregon and across the rest of the United States ultimately head towards divorce. For those who had the foresight to discuss finances and create prenuptial agreements, the process could be much easier.

Former AG seeks partial asset distribution during divorce

Financial settlements in an Oregon are usually paid only after a judge has signed off on an agreement, but a former out-of-state attorney general is hoping to handle things a little differently. She recently requested that her soon-to-be ex-husband pay her $1 million of the approximately $6 million she expects to receive once their divorce is finalized. The $6 million is not only in reference to money, but also covers the marital assets that will be distributed upon the finalization of the divorce.