Understanding Prenuptial Versus Postnuptial Agreements By Jeff Weissman, Attorney at Law

Nuptial agreements are contracts that determine the division of assets, properties, and debts in the event the marriage is dissolved at a later point. While prenuptial agreements are commonly used among high-wealth individuals who seek to protect their assets and income from the legal ramifications of a future divorce, other contractual forms—postnuptial agreements—can be implemented after the wedding has occurred.

In a prenuptial agreement, the assets and wealth of both parties are protected prior to marriage. A postnuptial agreement deals with issues that arise after marriage, such as receiving a large inheritance or a business transaction that was pending before the marriage, but was completed after the wedding. Postnuptial agreements are designed to address unforeseen financial issues that may be problematic in the event of a divorce. While the subject matter may be uncomfortable, both pre- and postnuptial agreements help foster communication between a couple and put financial and monetary concerns on the table in an honest and straightforward manner.

About the Author:

As an attorney with Gladstone & Weissman, Jeff Weissman offers counsel on marital and family law.

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Board certified in Marital and Family Law, attorney Jeff Weissman has been called to present at numerous conferences and seminars. He also authored the Parental Relocation Law, Section 61.13001, which was enacted in the State of Florida in 2006. Jeff Weissman has presented regularly for the Florida Bar Association, Family Law Section. In late 2010, Weissman spoke on practical and theoretical aspects of evidence within a family law context. Earlier that year, he gave a seminar on practice and procedure, which was attended by over 1,000 attorneys and other legal professionals from across Florida. In 2009, Jeff Weissman led seminars on equitable distribution and development of time-sharing parenting plans. He also moderated a judicial panel on parental relocation issues. These events each attracted hundreds of legal professionals. In addition, Weissman led basic family law seminars in Miami and Tampa, covering issues such as attorney’s fees, methods for determining jurisdiction, and practices and procedures. Jeff Weissman has also accepted speaking engagements in the corporate sector. Jeff Weissman studied at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, graduating in 1994. He has focused on family and marital law since that time, and he has served as a Partner at Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. for more than a decade. Weissman holds two Florida Supreme Court certifications: as a Mediator and a Guardian Ad Litem. He has been recognized with numerous professional awards, including repeat listings in Florida Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.

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