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Prenups can ease divorce settlement woes

More and more couples are making the decision to draft prenuptial agreements prior to walking down the aisle. In fact, a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reveals that members experienced a recent increase in prenups of 63 percent. Many Missouri residents understand that these marital contracts can be a powerful financial tool, and can make reaching a divorce settlement far easier if that need should arise. Instead of feeling uncomfortable broaching the topic, many couples are eager to discuss the matter with a family law attorney.

Addressing debt within a Missouri divorce

For many Missouri spouses, the division of marital wealth is the predominant topic within their divorce. Most spouses focus on the manner in which marital assets will be divided but pay relatively little attention to issues of debt. When it comes to the property division portion of a divorce, debt plays an important role. It is imperative that spouses understand how the law stands in regard to separate versus marital debt.

Timing of divorce could have a big impact

When preparing to divorce, many Missouri couples are concerned about the timing. Often, this concern is based on how their children and extended family members will react to the news, or how to avoid a negative impact during the holidays. A far more practical timing issue, exists, however, of which many couples are unaware. For those who are nearing their 10-year anniversary, the timing of divorce could mean a financial benefit of tens of thousands of dollars.

Protecting assets in divorce without a prenup

A prenuptial agreement is a wonderful tool that many people planning to make a trip down the aisle use to plan their financial future. However, some people are unable to make such an agreement for a variety of different reasons, possibly leaving some individuals in Missouri worried about their assets in the event of a divorce. There are some steps that can be taken that could protect a person's assets in the event of a divorce, even without a prenuptial agreement.

Division of artists' creative works as a joint marital asset

Artists in Missouri who are divorcing may think about how to divide the house and the bank accounts without realizing that their art may be considered a marital asset as well. Any artwork that is created after a couple is married and prior to separation or filing for divorce is jointly owned. However, there may be a number of ways to divide up such an asset depending on the individual circumstances of the artist and the couple.

Credit and divorce

Couples who obtain a divorce in Missouri may wish to reflect on how their new status will affect their credit. Joint accounts and shared liabilities can continue for years after the marital union they were based on has been dissolved. Attention to detail at the time of dissolution can save serious impact to credit ratings and prevent payment on debt unfairly owed.

Pet custody cases

Missouri couples who are getting a divorce may find it difficult to settle disputes regarding the division of marital property, especially if the couple has a pet in the mix. Determining who gets to keep the family pet may be an emotional process for all parties involved, and if a couple cannot come to an agreement, the judge will have to make the decision for them.

Understanding how divorce affects inheritances

Some Missouri residents may benefit from learning more about what happens to inheritances when a couple files for divorce. Whether or not an inheritance is subject to property division depends on whom the asset was given to and how the asset was utilized upon receipt.

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