CASE OF THE MONTH: Marrying a Foreign National

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

A client came to me saying he wanted to get married, but wanted to protect his assets via a pre nuptial agreement.  The bride to be was a younger woman from South America.

THE PROBEMS:  On those few facts, here is what I advised.

1.  Do the pre nuptial agreement and get it executed long before setting a wedding date.

2.  To be sure the bridge wasn’t marrying him for US Citizenship purposes, give her nothing by virtue of the pre nup the first 3 years of marriage.

3.  She will need to testify at the pre nuptial agreement signing that she has no language barriers and that she fully reads, writes, speaks and understands English.

4.  The pre nup signing will be videotaped.

5.  The bride needed her own attorney.

6.  Both bride and groom need to disclose finances.

On those few facts, and these six points of advice, I may have saved this man millions of dollars and years of misery.  For more information about this or other marital topics, call one of the lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at

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