Lawrence v. Lawrence
Supreme Court of Georgia
687 S.E.2d 421 (2009)
G. Lawson Lawrence (defendant) and Angela Lawrence (plaintiff) executed an antenuptial agreement before they were married. The agreement addressed alimony in the event of a divorce and was signed by one attesting witness. An attesting witness signs an agreement or document to affirm that he or she witnessed the parties’ valid execution of the document and the formalities observed in executing the document. Both Lawson and Angela agreed that an antenuptial agreement was necessary based on their previous experiences with divorce. Sometime later, the marriage ended. Angela argued that the antenuptial agreement was void, because there was a Georgia statute requiring that a contract made in contemplation of marriage be signed by two attesting witnesses. Despite Angela’s objection, the trial court upheld the validity of the antenuptial agreement, finding that if a contract is made in contemplation of divorce, two attesting witnesses are not required. Angela appealed the decision.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Nahmias, J.)
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