Mississippi Family Law Attorney Talks about the Validity of Prenuptial Agreements.

The divorce of billionaire hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin and his wife, Anne Dias Griffin, has taken an unexpected turn. Mr. Griffin initiated the divorce proceedings in July, and Ms. Griffin recently responded to his divorce petition with a request, among other things, that the couple’s 2003 prenuptial agreement be voided.

Ms. Griffin feels as though the prenuptial agreement is void because it was signed under duress. She was not presented with it until shortly before the couple’s lavish wedding was to occur in Versailles in July of 2003. Ms. Griffin states that she was caught off guard by the proposed prenuptial agreement, and that she felt an immense pressure to agree to it immediately because of the impending wedding. To further complicate matters, the couple had been seeing a psychologist who Mr. Griffin, unbeknownst to Ms. Griffin, had been seeing for some time before his wife also became the psychologist’s patient. Ms. Griffin claims that during a therapy session in the weeks before the wedding, the psychologist suggested to her that she should sign the prenuptial agreement. The psychologist’s suggestion, along with the fact that Ms. Griffin was unaware that Mr. Griffin was already a patient of the psychologist, could be construed as a situation which had an undue influence on Ms. Griffin, creating additional pressure to sign the prenup.

If you are considering signing a Mississippi prenuptial agreement, you should take care to ensure that it is valid. One thing that is part of any valid prenuptial agreement is a full disclosure of the values of all of a couple’s assets. Be sure that this is a part of your prenup, and that it does in fact include all of your assets.

The circumstances under which a prenuptial agreement is signed can make or break its validity. If one party can prove that they were essentially forced to sign it, as Ms. Griffin alleges in the example above, the agreement may be declared void.

The best way to ensure the validity of a Mississippi prenuptial agreement is to have separate legal counsel review the proposed agreement with each of you. This will ensure that each of you understands the terms of the agreement, and it gives you the opportunity to negotiate the terms of the agreement if they do not appeal to you exactly as they have been proposed. An attorney will help you to determine whether any of the proposed terms are unenforceable, so that those provisions can be removed from the agreement before it becomes final. Consulting with attorneys about your prenuptial agreement also ensures that the agreement is made in compliance with current Mississippi law.

A prenuptial agreement can be a great way for Mississippi couples to acknowledge their financial situation prior to tying the knot. Working with an experienced Mississippi Family Law Attorney can help you understand the terms of a proposed prenuptial agreement and ensure that it meets all applicable statutory requirements. Mississippi Family Law Attorney Matthew S. Poole can help you to create a prenuptial agreement that meets your needs. Call (601) 573-7429 today, to schedule a free, initial consultation.

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Mississippi Family Law Attorney discusses the validity of prenuptial agreements.

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