You’re excited to walk down the aisle and begin a new life with your sweetheart. You’re also, however, intent on protecting the legacy you’ve worked so hard to create. You may be the perfect candidate for a prenuptial agreement. This legal document provides valuable protection in the event of divorce. It does notmean that you expect your marriage to end. Instead, think of it as insurance — capable of granting you peace of mind even though you hope to never actually use it.

Creating And Amending a Prenuptial Agreement

In Minnesota — where prenups are officially known as antenuptial agreements — such contracts must be made in writing and executed while two witnesses are present. As its unofficial name implies, the prenuptial contract must be entered into and executed before witnesses prior to marriage.

No two prenuptial agreements look exactly alike. In general, however, these contracts tend to highlight the following considerations:

  • The rights partners have to property currently held as individuals or as a couple.
  • Whether either party is entitled to alimony in the event of divorce.
  • How marital property or debt would be divided during a future divorce.

In Minnesota, child support cannot be included in prenuptial agreements, as it by law belongs to the child and not the parent.

Regardless of which stipulations are included in the contract, it is only valid if both parties disclose all earnings and property. Additionally, both people should have the opportunity to meet with separate attorneys. Following marriage, prenuptial agreements can only be changed or revoked by completing official postnuptial contracts.

If you’re interested in pursuing a prenuptial agreement, don’t hesitate to seek legal support. The team at the Brown Law Offices can help — contact us today to learn more about pre and postnuptial contracts.

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“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and…

“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and to us. We take pride in helping people move forward with their lives.”

Jason founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. He has received national media attention for his work in the area of divorce and family law.

Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., after clerking for the (now retired) Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. He is an experienced trial lawyer, who handled a wide variety of cases (including civil commitment, criminal defense, probate, personal injury and commercial litigation) early in his career.

Today, Jason’s practice is dedicated exclusively to divorce and family law matters. He has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Jason obtained his B.S., magna cum laude, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. While in law school Jason was a published staff writer and associate editor for the William Mitchell Law Review.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota.

Outside of the office, Jason plays the bass guitar and serves on the Board of Directors at Northgate Church. He and his wife, Cynthia, also an attorney, have two boys.