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5-1What Should I Include in a Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements are becoming more popular. While many people think that only the rich or famous can benefit from a prenup, it is a helpful document for most couples. The prenup is an excellent way to provide guidance for how to handle the many issues that occur if a couple parts ways. In North Carolina, marital property is divided in an equal manner in a divorce. The prenup can define precisely how to divvy up your property. The prenup has value for both parties, but only if it is made in an enforceable way. A knowledgeable attorney will help you with a prenup that fits your needs.

Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: ” Is there some property that the judge cannot divide?”

Many couples want to use a safety net to protect themselves in case their marriage ends. A prenup is a useful tool that can make uncoupling easier and less contentious in the event the marriage comes to an end. Once in place, the prenup is legally binding and both parties must adhere to the document if they divorce. Sometimes, however, a prenup is unfair and in some instances, it may be possible to contest the validity of the document.

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You work hard and have achieved your desired level of success. It is understandable that you would want to protect your assets. For many, the decision to enter into a prenuptial agreement is not an easy one.  In addition to shielding what you have from spousal acquisition, you have to consider the feelings of your significant other. How will he or she react? Will your soon-to-be spouse be offended at the suggestion?  Discussing the matter frankly and openly has the potential to cause unwanted turmoil in your relationship.

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matt Arnold answers the question: ” Is there some property that the judge cannot divide?”

Prenuptial agreements are more than a plot point in a movie, a line in a song, or the butt of jokes about those marrying above or below their financial status. Prenuptial agreements, often just called “prenups,” are a useful tool that couples preparing for marriage should seriously consider. However, some perceive prenups in a negative light and believe the myths about them permeating pop culture. It is important to gather all of the facts before believing everything you hear about prenups.

Board Certified Family Law Specialist Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “What children’s expenses are not covered by child support?”

A Duke University researcher who set out to test whether the adage that unmarried parents are most receptive to the idea of getting married in the “magic moment” right after a child’s birth was true found out the post-birth magic lasts longer than a moment.

Charlotte Divorce Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question ” Are overtime, bonuses, and commissions included in calculating child support?”

If you love your business as much as your spouse—or if you do not want to deal with the business complications that may arise when you divorce—you should convince your spouse to enter into a prenuptial agreement.

Attorney Matthew R. Arnold answering the question: “When do you get alimony?”


Real Housewife of Atlanta Kandi Burruss says that she learned a very valuable lesson about the importance of properly planning prior to marriage thanks to watching the dissolution of another reality TV star’s happy home. Burruss says that Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel’s acrimonious split from her ex Jason Hoppy sent a chilling message about the danger of not doing enough planning before getting hitched.


Wedding rings stacked Charlotte Mecklenburg Family Law Lawyer North Carolina Divorce AttorneySome have complained about recent episodes of the Atlanta show where Burruss and her fiancé are seen arguing about the provisions in a prenuptial agreement. Burruss has insisted that her fiancé sign the agreement prior to marriage and has taken a lot of flak from viewers who see this as a cold decision.


Burruss says that watching how nasty a divorce can be convinced her of the importance of having a clear prenuptial agreement. She says that should her marriage with her fiancé Todd Tucker fall apart, he would never want to endure the kind of lengthy and hostile fighting that Frankel has engaged in with her ex. By having a prenuptial agreement that clearly spells out what will happen in the event of a divorce, Burruss says much of the mess can be avoided.


One particular provision of the prenuptial agreement received the biggest criticism from viewers. That section concerned a clause that required her fiancé to vacate the marital home within 30 days of either party filing for divorce. Tucker was seen on the show criticizing what he felt like was overly harsh language, saying that he didn’t feel like he should be thrown out on the curb in the event of a split.

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Attorney Matthew R. Arnold answering the question: “Does adultery affect who gets custody?”


An internet dating company that exists to facilitate affairs claims that Huntersville, North Carolina is among the most unfaithful neighborhoods in the country. The news release came from, which compared data from its nearly 21 million members.


Check box Charlotte Family Law Attorney North Carolina Divorce LawyerAccording to AshleyMadison, more than 65,000 of its millions of members come from the Charlotte metropolitan area. Out of this group, more than 9.1 percent are from Huntersville, representing a sizable share of the overall members relative to its share of the metro area’s population. Ballantyne makes up 8.9 percent of local members while uptown is home to 8.8 percent. These three areas are followed by Myers Park, Indian Trail, Dilworth and SouthPark.


According to the founder and CEO of AshleyMadison, income and education are among the most common attributes of areas that are big users of the service. The CEO says that cheating is typically easier for those with more discretionary income, which is why the majority of those cities at the top of his lists are affluent areas.

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Charlotte Divorce Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “Does adultery affect my divorce case?”

At least one North Carolina judge has had enough of so-called “heart balm” lawsuits. In a case from Forsyth County, Superior Court Judge John O. Craig wrote that North Carolina’s alienation-of-affections cause of action is unconstitutional because it infringes on people’s rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitutions.

Telephone poster Charlotte Divorce Lawyer North Carolina Family Law Attorney     Alienation-of-affections actions are brought by one spouse against the lover of another spouse. Because of the affair, the theory goes, the aggrieved spouse has been deprived of the affections associated with one’s marriage and can recover damages from the third-party paramour for that loss.

Recoveries in heart-balm cases can be significant. In 2011, a Wake County judge awarded a jilted spouse over $30 million in a heart-balm case. That followed a pair of multi-million-dollar awards in 2010 in cases in Pitt and Guilford Counties.

The alienation-of-affections ruling by Judge Craig is only the latest in a decades-long struggle by lawyers, legislators and judges in North Carolina to overturn what critics describe as an archaic cause of action.

The state Court of Appeals abolished the alienation-of-affections action and its lesser-known counterpart – criminal conversation – in 1984 in Cannon v. Miller. The ruling was overturned by the state Supreme Court in 1985. Since then, state legislators have offered a multitude of bills that would outlaw the actions, without success.

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Attorney Matthew R. Arnold answering the question: “Does adultery affect who gets custody?”


For a long time now people have assumed that courts are generally unfair to fathers during custody fights. This belief has held not only among men, but women too accept to a certain degree that family law courts prefer giving custody to mothers over fathers. Though there has been plenty of justification for this belief, new numbers reveal that over the past several decades this trend has changed, rather abruptly, and men are far more likely to get a fair shake today then they were several years back.


Male Female Signs Charlotte Family Law Lawyer North Carolina Divorce AttorneyExperts say that the family law world has undergone a somewhat quiet revolution with regard to men and their custody rights. Slowly, the percentage of men being awarded shared custody has increased from a scant number to a much more substantial share. This shift has as much to do with an increased desire among fathers to play a role in the lives of their children as it does a shift in the way that judges perceive men and women’s roles in raising kids and the importance of having both parties actively involved in parenting.


The trend towards more equitable custody decisions began in the 1970s when family law courts consciously decided to break away from the notion of the male as the financial breadwinner and the woman as a dependent caretaker. Instead, the courts adopted the radical notion that husbands and wives were interdependent, meaning they shared both financial and parenting responsibilities.

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