There is perhaps no more exciting time in a couple’s life than the days leading up to their wedding. However, before they can say “I do” in front of their assembled family and friends, they are important preparations that must be undertaken from picking the venue and the food courses to buying rings and even writing vows.
It’s certainly understandable how a couple could overlook some otherwise important matters in this hectic environment. However, there is at least one important item that they may want to give serious consideration to adding to their wedding to-do list: discussing a prenuptial agreement.
While the idea of executing or even discussing a prenuptial agreement with a family law attorney probably seems unromantic and even a bit scary, it’s important to stop to take a closer look at how a prenuptial agreement actually works.
In general, a prenuptial agreement is a legally binding document that clearly establishes each spouse’s expectations regarding important matters like property division and alimony in the event they decide to divorce.
Unfortunately, the popular perception concerning prenuptial agreements is that they are nothing more than an unspoken admission that a marriage is doomed to fail or a device designed to somehow work against a spouse who brings fewer assets to the marriage.
The simple reality, however, is that prenuptial agreements can grant people peace of mind about the future, and even serve to reduce some tension and hostility if the couple splits further down the road.
People who can stand to benefit from the execution of a prenuptial agreement include those bringing significant assets into the marriage, those who have children from a previous relationship, those who own a business, those whose soon-to-be partner carries significant debt, and those who have sacrificed a promising career to marry.
Given this reality, it’s easy to see why an engaged couple should give strong consideration to the idea of sitting down with an experienced legal professional to discuss their rights and their options as they relate to a prenuptial agreement.
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