Marital Agreements

When people get married, they expect the marriage to last forever. In reality, we never know what the future will bring. Sometimes, despite the best intentions of a couple, they learn that they operate better separately than together. One way to help control what happens in the future is by being prepared for the best- and worst-case scenarios.

I am attorney Elisabeth Pride, and I help individuals in Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh and throughout southwestern Pennsylvania negotiate and formalize their premarital and postmarital agreements.

Benefits Of Marital Agreements

Pre-marital contracts — also called prenuptial agreements or antenuptial agreements — can reduce the potential for conflict by setting conditions for asset distribution, child custody and parenting plans, and other potential issues involving finances and children before negotiation of these important points is hampered by the breakdown of your relationship.

Post-marital contracts — also called postnuptial agreements or marital settlement agreements — can also be used to determine your rights and obligations in the event your marriage fails while you are still able to work effectively together, and are the means to ensure enforceability of your out-of-court resolution when a divorce is underway.

When divorce issues are resolved in court, most decisions are handed down by the judge. Rather than custody or asset division plans that are tailored to your unique needs, these typically cookie-cutter arrangements are more reflective of the general needs of all the litigants who have been in court before you, as well as the efficiency needs of the court system. Working with your fiancé, spouse or soon-to-be ex-spouse when you're both clear-eyed and rational can help ensure you have agreements that are durable and mutually beneficial.

Because of my experience as a trial lawyer and collaborative law attorney, I am skilled in drafting marital contracts meant to address two goals: resolving current matters and holding up in the future. Learn more about the benefits of marital agreements and the conflicts you can avoid by drafting them by scheduling a free initial consultation. I can be reached through an online contact form or by calling 412-254-3985.