James L. Stroud
Stompoly, Stroud & Erickson, PC
Attorneys at Law
3567 East Sunrise Drive, Suite 133
Tucson, Arizona 85718

Just about all brides and grooms mean it when they vow “til death do us part,” but the statistical fact is that there is about a 50/50 chance of a first marriage ending in divorce, and the chances of divorce are even higher for second marriages. So it is wise to hope for the best and plan for the worst, and the worst in this situation means divorce. And of course, nobody gets out of this life alive, and it is also a fact that many people have assets that they want to protect and children or grandchildren for whom they would like to provide, especially people being married for the second time. If you are going to get married, it is a good idea to consult with a qualified attorney about the advisability of having a pre-marital agreement (which also could be called a pre-nuptial or ante-nuptial agreement). The following information cannot take the place of consulting with a lawyer.

 Purposes of a Pre-Marital Agreement

 Preparation of a Pre-Marital Agreement

It is important to consult with a qualified lawyer about the appropriateness of a pre-marital agreement for you. The lawyer will explain what legal principles would apply to your financial relationship with your new spouse if you did not have a pre-marital agreement and how a pre-marital agreement could change those legal principles. The lawyer will help you decide whether you need a pre-marital agreement.

The lawyer will tell you much more than the following, but here are some points about pre-marital agreements to keep in mind.

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