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Ensuring your prenuptial agreement is as airtight as possible

Family law contractual agreements can be complicated and include issues that could turn contentious. Prenuptial agreements are no exception, often causing bitter disputes in the event of a breakup. These disputes can go on and on, straining your finances and your emotional stability. While the principles upon which a prenuptial agreement is based are typically pretty simple, a savvy, soon-to-be ex might be able to punch a few holes in what you thought was an airtight contract.

So, how can one be certain his or her prenuptial agreement will hold up under the scrutiny of a courtroom? There is no simple answer, but the best way to make sure the document is valid is to use an attorney.

The perils of getting married after age 32

If you belong in the group of people who think getting married after 30 years of age will improve the marriage's chance of success, you might be wrong. Analyst Nicholas Wolfinger with the University of Utah says a major shift in divorce trends among American families reveal that those who wait to tie the knot seem to be more likely to get divorced.

Divorce trends from earlier periods showed people who waited to get married enjoyed long-lasting relationships and experienced fewer divorces. However, after analyzing data gathered by the U.S. National Survey of Family Growth, Wolfinger says that trend is no longer the case. Wolfinger's research shows that the odds of divorce for those over the age of 32 increases at a rate of 5 percent per year.

Is there any reason my prenuptial agreement may be invalid?

Most couples that get married rarely picture the relationship coming to an end. Unfortunately, divorce can and does occur, making prenuptial agreements a valuable tool to protect either or both party's assets. However, there are occasions when a prenuptial agreement might be deemed invalid due to a range of reasons.

If you are contemplating a marriage or a divorce and want prenup protection, here are some reasons a Florida court could find your agreement invalid.

Things to consider in a high asset Florida divorce

Divorcing in Broward County or any other Florida location is always a trying experience for the entire family. When you add high net worth to the mix, it can raise the stakes for everyone and make dividing assets even more complicated. However, with a little forethought and attention to detail, the process does not have to be more stressful than any other divorce. Both spouses can make dividing assets in a high asset divorce easier by keeping a few things in mind during the procedure.

One way a high net worth divorce differs from other divorces is the inclusion of larger or more valuable assets. In some cases, there can be millions of dollars at stake and each spouse rightly wants his or her fair share. As such, the proper valuation of assets becomes extremely important. A valuation expert can examine the couple's assets to determine their value, which can assist in dividing property fairly.

Handling child custody issues with education and representation

Your child custody agreement—it is a serious and often contentious part of divorcing with children. In truth, the issues surrounding a child custody decision inspire a range of emotions in parents from dread to fear to anger. While making custody decisions are unavoidable, there are ways to prepare yourself for the process. If both parents take such steps, either separately or together, it can greatly reduce much of the negativity divorcing parents often expect.

Education is a major tool divorcing parents can rely on. After all, if you know how child custody decisions are made, you will have a better chance to influence the final decision. Below you will find some of the most important factors Florida courts use to make a ruling in child custody hearings.

Grandparents' rights bill in Florida signed into law

A bill has been signed into law recently in Florida that will give grandparents the right to seek visitation from the court under certain circumstances.

Some of the circumstances include when a parent is missing, in a vegetative state, convicted of an offense of violence that suggests the child could be at risk of harm. The bills says that a preliminary hearing will be held and if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that a parent is unfit or that there is significant harm to the child, then visitation can be granted. There are two other requirements and those are that the parent-child relationship will not be harmed by the visitation and that the visitation is in the best interest of the child.

Types of alimony awarded in Florida

Did you know that Florida law provides more than one type of alimony? Not many people do -- especially those who have never before gone through a divorce. Florida courts consider several factors before awarding any type of alimony. Those factors include:

-- Standard of living the couples has established-- Length of the marriage-- Physical and emotional condition of each spouse-- Each spouse's contribution to the marriage (income, homemaking, career building, etc.)-- Child rearing responsibilities after the divorce

Will moving my child out-of-state violate my custody order?

After a custody order has been approved by the court, will moving out-of-state violate that order? The answer to this relies on several factors including which type of custody agreement you hold and whether the other parent approves of the relocation. As such, the best way to provide an answer is to talk about some of the issues surrounding child custody and relocation in the state of Florida.

According to Florida law, relocating a child means moving a distance of more than 50 miles. Even if you plan to remain in Florida, you will still be relocating if you exceed the 50-mile rule. If this is the case, you will have to complete several tasks in order to remain in compliance with your custody agreement. Below you will find some of these steps.

High net worth divorce? How lawyers help you protect your assets

In a high asset divorce, both parties have much to lose without the proper guidance. Managing complex issues like property division, spousal support and investment or retirement accounts in a divorce is not for the faint of heart. Divorces that involve large amounts of valuable assets typically require the use of well-honed legal techniques in conjunction with superior fact-finding skills. This ensures you will come through your divorce with your rights and your money intact.

These skills and more are what an attorney experienced in high net worth divorces can offer those facing the end of a marriage. Below are some of the techniques a lawyer can use on your behalf in a divorce.

We're not rich; Do we need a prenuptial agreement?

Florida attorneys hear this question more often than ever during client consultations. Celebrity news stories usually have a thing or two to say about prenups, which piques the interest of non-celebrities and people without a great deal of wealth. These people, who are just like you and your intended, all wonder the same thing -- do they really need to sign a prenup before marriage?

The world in which we live has changed a lot even since your own parents were newlyweds. Couple considering a divorce have to factor in a lot more than mere assets or real estate. Online social media accounts and often overlooked digital assets are among the newest technologies couples have that might complicate an otherwise simple divorce.