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Child support and custody limitations in prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements provide many essential protections to couples who use them, allowing both spouses to define clear terms around many financial matters and marital expectations. However, some issues are specifically excluded from prenuptial agreements by the law, and including them may weaken the entire agreement in the eyes of the court. Two of the most commonly problematic issues in prenuptial agreements are child custody and child support, which the law does not allow couples to self-determine without the direction or approval of a court.

What does a minor gain from emancipation?

For many young people, it is simply not practical or safe to remain in their parents' custody. This may be the case for a number of reasons, from financial and educational reasons to matters of individual autonomy. Minors who pursue emancipation enjoy many privileges of adulthood, but may also face more responsibilities and legal consequences than other minors.

What if your child doesn't want to visit you?

Visitation days with dad were fun for your child when he or she was a toddler, but as your child began to grow older -- did visitation days become a chore -- and did your child stop enjoying them? Dads have to be strong and understand not to take it personally when their children don't want to spend time with them. It's only natural for a child to want to spend time with their friends more than their parents as they grow older.

How do I enforce a child support order?

Many parents who receive child support on behalf of their child understand that it's sometimes not possible for the other parent to make every single payment on time. However, some parents fail to meet their obligations to child support repeatedly, endangering the well-being of their child. In instances where a parent fails to pay child support repeatedly, a court has number of methods it may use to enforce a support order.

A prenuptial agreement must protect both parties

A prenuptial agreement isn't something that most people want to discuss before they get married. For some people, moving past this discomfort is necessary to help ensure they are protected if the marriage doesn't work out. We understand that you might have a lot of questions that you need answered before you approach this subject with the person you are going to marry. We can help you get those answers so that you know what you are facing and how you need to handle the situation.

How can a prenuptial agreement protect against debt?

When a couple chooses to create a prenuptial agreement, they can use it to create a number of protections for each party. In some cases, these protections take effect as soon as the couple finalizes the marriage. One of the most useful protections that a prenuptial agreement offers couples is protection from each other's debt.

Child support payments go to your ex, but support your children

When you have children, you realize that they require financial support. For some people, it might seem like it is easier to financially support a child when they are still in a relationship with the child's other parent. But, the need for the child to have financial support doesn't end if the parents' relationship ends.