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The Florida Premarital (Prenuptial) Agreement Statute

October 8, 2015 by  
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The Florida Premarital (Prenuptial) Agreement Statute provides some definitions, formalities, minimal restrictions on what the parties to a premarital or prenuptial agreement can agree to and states some of the circumstances when it will be unenforceable.  Beyond the statute there is case-law dealing with premarital and prenuptial agreements to consider.  If you want to consider a  premarital or  prenuptial agreement you should contact an attorney to help.

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The statute provides:

61.079 Premarital agreements.

(1) SHORT TITLE.—This section may be cited as the “Uniform Premarital Agreement Act” and this section applies only to proceedings under the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.
(2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:

(a) “Premarital agreement” means an agreement between prospective spouses made in contemplation of marriage and to be effective upon marriage.
(b) “Property” includes, but is not limited to, an interest, present or future, legal or equitable, vested or contingent, in real or personal property, tangible or intangible, including income and earnings, both active and passive.
(3) FORMALITIES.—A premarital agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties. It is enforceable without consideration other than the marriage itself.
(4) CONTENT.—

(a) Parties to a premarital agreement may contract with respect to:

1. The rights and obligations of each of the parties in any of the property of either or both of them whenever and wherever acquired or located;
2. The right to buy, sell, use, transfer, exchange, abandon, lease, consume, expend, assign, create a security interest in, mortgage, encumber, dispose of, or otherwise manage and control property;
3. The disposition of property upon separation, marital dissolution, death, or the occurrence or nonoccurrence of any other event;
4. The establishment, modification, waiver, or elimination of spousal support;
5. The making of a will, trust, or other arrangement to carry out the provisions of the agreement;
6. The ownership rights in and disposition of the death benefit from a life insurance policy;
7. The choice of law governing the construction of the agreement; and
8. Any other matter, including their personal rights and obligations, not in violation of either the public policy of this state or a law imposing a criminal penalty.
(b) The right of a child to support may not be adversely affected by a premarital agreement.
(5) EFFECT OF MARRIAGE.—A premarital agreement becomes effective upon marriage of the parties.
(6) AMENDMENT; REVOCATION OR ABANDONMENT.—After marriage, a premarital agreement may be amended, revoked, or abandoned only by a written agreement signed by the parties. The amended agreement, revocation, or abandonment is enforceable without consideration.
(7) ENFORCEMENT.—

(a) A premarital agreement is not enforceable in an action proceeding under the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure if the party against whom enforcement is sought proves that:

1. The party did not execute the agreement voluntarily;
2. The agreement was the product of fraud, duress, coercion, or overreaching; or
3. The agreement was unconscionable when it was executed and, before execution of the agreement, that party:

a. Was not provided a fair and reasonable disclosure of the property or financial obligations of the other party;
b. Did not voluntarily and expressly waive, in writing, any right to disclosure of the property or financial obligations of the other party beyond the disclosure provided; and
c. Did not have, or reasonably could not have had, an adequate knowledge of the property or financial obligations of the other party.
(b) If a provision of a premarital agreement modifies or eliminates spousal support and that modification or elimination causes one party to the agreement to be eligible for support under a program of public assistance at the time of separation or marital dissolution, a court, notwithstanding the terms of the agreement, may require the other party to provide support to the extent necessary to avoid that eligibility.
(c) An issue of unconscionability of a premarital agreement shall be decided by the court as a matter of law.
(8) ENFORCEMENT; VOID MARRIAGE.—If a marriage is determined to be void, an agreement that would otherwise have been a premarital agreement is enforceable only to the extent necessary to avoid an inequitable result.
(9) LIMITATION OF ACTIONS.—Any statute of limitations applicable to an action asserting a claim for relief under a premarital agreement is tolled during the marriage of the parties to the agreement. However, equitable defenses limiting the time for enforcement, including laches and estoppel, are available to either party.
(10) APPLICATION TO PROBATE CODE.—This section does not alter the construction, interpretation, or required formalities of, or the rights or obligations under, agreements between spouses under s. 732.701 or s. 732.702.

Florida’s Fourth District Court Of Appeals Weighs In On Prenuptial Agreements And Interspousal Gifts

September 4, 2015 by  
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In Hooker v. Hooker, the Fourth District Court of Appeals held that where the Husband purchased two properties with funds that could be traced to his premarital assets, which were kept separate by the parties’ prenuptial agreement, and the prenuptial agreement provided that any appreciation of those assets would remain separate, the only way the Wife could claim an interest in either property was by interspousal gift.

The Court then considered whether an interspousal gift had been made in regard to either of the two properties.  With respect to the property that constituted the parties’ primary marital residence through the majority of marriage and was the  site of a business in which the Wife was extremely involved, none of the facts found by trial court evidenced a clear and unmistakable intention on part of Husband to make a gift.

With respect to a second home, the facts evidenced that there had been an interspousal gift so the Wife had an interest in that property.  The court held that there was intent, delivery or possession, and surrender of dominion and control.  The Husband bought the property in a location where the Wife wanted to live, told the Wife the home was for both of them, and sent the Wife a card for their wedding anniversary with a picture of the property.  The Wife purchased  furnishings and incidentals for the home from her separate funds.  Delivery was made at the time the Wife obtained keys to property to use as her summer home.  The Wife then had unfettered access to the home and made decisions on the care and maintenance of property. The Court also held that appropriate findings had been made under the statutory factors for there to be an unequal equitable distribution of the parties interest in the property.

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