Has your significant other asked you to sign a prenuptial agreement? Regardless of the circumstances of a prenuptial agreement, before signing, you should hire a Virginia Beach prenuptial agreement attorney. An attorney’s knowledge about prenuptial agreements can help guide you through the review of a prenuptial agreement and help protect your rights.
A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into between two people prior to their marriage. In the event of a divorce, a prenuptial agreement can dictate anything from guardianship to division of assets. While prior to marriage, most couples don’t want to plan for when their marriage might dissolve, it may be worth it to protect your assets prior to entering into a marriage. If you are interested in drafting a prenuptial agreement or if your spouse asked you to sign a prenuptial agreement, it is important that you have a skilled attorney draft and/or review the prenuptial agreement.
An attorney can often resolve your particular legal issue faster and better than trying to do it alone. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal system, while avoiding costly mistakes or procedural errors. You should seek out an attorney whose practice focuses on the area of law most relevant to your issue.
An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic “road map” on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you’ve laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.
Pro se – This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute – Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.