Prenuptial agreements (also called “antenuptial agreements”) are recognized and enforceable in Tennessee. This type of agreement is a contract entered into between two people in anticipation of marriage, and allows them to establish some parameters as to how their financial and property rights will be affected in the unfortunate event that the marriage is not successful.
People often have a negative reaction to the idea of a prenuptial agreement. They often comment that – “If you don’t trust the other person, or if you think the marriage will fail, then why even bother to get married?” While this initial gut-level reaction may be understandable, the reality is that a prenuptial agreement can often be a valuable tool in providing financial security and peace of mind for both of the parties involved.
If you are contemplating marriage and considering whether a prenuptial agreement is right for you, I strongly advise that you contact me at your earliest possible convenience. Because a prenuptial agreement is a contract, it must meet certain legal requirements before it will be recognized and enforced in Tennessee. Beginning the process well in advance of the wedding will help ensure that those requirements are sufficiently addressed. It is important that both parties are given an opportunity to fully contemplate the agreement before it is entered. You will want to have sufficient time to make sure that each party has an opportunity to seek independent counsel, and that the assets and liabilities of each party have been properly documented and fully disclosed. The agreement must be entered into in good faith and each of the parties must be acting freely, voluntarily, and with knowledge of their rights.
If you are contemplating marriage and have been asked to enter a prenuptial agreement, or simply feel that such an agreement may be in your best interest, please feel free to call the number listed above, send an email, or use the contact page.
The Mason Family Law Firm represents clients throughout Middle Tennessee, including Davidson County, Williamson County, Dickson County, Cheatham County, Rutherford County, Maury County, Wilson County, Sumner County, and the cities of Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Mount Juliet, Smyrna, Spring Hill, Ashland City, Kingston Springs, and others at clients’ request.