University of Maryland Extension

Protecting the Family Farm in Divorce

 Divorce can be financially devastating for a family farm. Protecting the family farm from divorce is possible if farmers plan ahead with a valid prenuptial agreement, understand the legal parameters of marital vs. non-marital property, limit bequests to family members, and are able to come to a voluntary division of marital property, rather than asking a judge to value and divide the assets.  

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