Prenups 101

The dreaded word to most love birds, a prenup. Bringing up the topic alone immediately implies doubt in the relationship and uneasiness on the future marriage. The partner on the receiving end usually feels anxiety and maybe some disappointment in the suggesting partner. But fear not! a prenuptial agreement is supposed to be a positive thing to protect all parties involved. A prenuptial agreement is should not be seen as pedaling back in the relationship but a step forward toward the commitment of marriage without the worry of “what if’s”.

A prenuptial agreement is a contract two people sign prior to marriage which usually includes division or property and spousal support. Certain circumstances affecting the terms in the contract like adultery may be addressed as well. Guardianship of children is also a very big topic that would be included in a prenup. Marriage is one of the biggest commitments you will ever make and it will have its ups and downs, however, a prenup’s job to alleviate some stressors that can put tension on the relationship. Prenups are not just for marriage purposes, it can be used in the event that a spouse dies. It can be used as a contract to make a will and execute property and estate rights.

Hopefully, all goes well you live happily ever after but it’s always better to be safe than sorry! If you are considering getting married you may want to speak to a lawyer about a prenup or any other questions you have prior to your new commitment. If you don’t think you’re ready to sign a prenup or just want more time to consider your options there are also postnuptial agreements written and signed after matrimony.

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