For many, getting married is the most important legal agreement they’ll ever make.
Where one or both parties to a marriage have significant assets or anticipate obtaining such assets during the course of their marriage, a prenuptial agreement can help protect these assets from division by the courts in case of a divorce. Far from being a harbinger of impending marital doom, a prenuptial agreement not only is a smart and commonsense step to take to protect oneself in case the marriage dissolves, but it also provides both parties with a clear understanding of what they can expect in the event a divorce is filed.
An experienced family law attorney can help you draft a prenuptial agreement that will withstand future legal challenges and protect your assets in the event of a divorce. If you are not seeking a prenuptial agreement but your soon-to-be spouse presents you with a prenuptial agreement, it is just as important that you seek legal counsel as well. You may be signing away important rights like equitable division of property and alimony.
Since the prospect of handing your fiance a prenup prior to the big day may seem antithetical to the concept of a lifetime commitment, couples who may benefit from such an agreement are likely to avoid the subject. However, after the honeymoon, one or both individuals may choose to revisit such provisions. Also, a couple that has signed a prenup may decide to scrap it after marriage and agree to new terms through a postnup.