MESA, Ariz., July 21 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Most couples who are considering getting a pre- or post-nuptial agreement are concerned with the details of the agreement but Donna M. Hougen of Hougen Family Law wants couples to know that isn't all they need to be concerned about. The jurisdiction in which the document is obtained can have just as significant an effect on the outcome as what is contained in the document.
"When it comes to divorce, having prenups and postnups are helpful but should isolate the jurisdiction. Often times a prenuptial agreement can avoid litigation but it's important that both parties understand what they're giving up. Couples also need to understand that even if they get a prenup in one state but then move to another state the new state might treat that prenup completely different. Jurisdictions vary in how sound they find the prenup," explained Donna M. Hougen, Mesa family law attorney (www.hougendivorcelaw.com).
Pre- and post-nuptial agreements are designed to protect each individuals separate assets from each other, set the future acquisition rights in the marriage, make provisions regarding the duties of each spouse to one another, waive or establish support rights, and provide direction for inheritance and support obligations that might arise over time.
State law can vary when it comes to divorce law and what may have seemed sound in one state may not provide the same outcomes in another state. Hougen recommends contacting a family law attorney in the new state or jurisdiction soon after the move to review any pre- or post-nuptial agreements already in place and advise if changes are needed.
To learn more about Donna M. Hougen or Hougen Family Law visit http://www.hougendivorcelaw.com.
About Hougen Family Law: Hougen Family Law has been handling divorce law, family law and family crime cases in Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona since 1998. Contact the law office at (480) 657-7505 for experienced, strategic and affordable representation for family and family crime matters.
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