Benefits of a Prenuptial or Antenuptial Agreement
A prenuptial agreement is often seen as a way to protect both people financially in the event of a divorce. However, there are other benefits to signing one, including increased intimacy and communication before marriage. Here are four key reasons to consider getting a prenup:
- Prevent financial stress and conflict in the event of a divorce.
- Minimize the chances of disagreements about property and money during marriage.
- Build trust and communication between spouses, which can lead to stronger relationships down the road.
- Prenups can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each couple, so they’re essentially “custom made” for each relationship.
If you’re considering getting a prenup, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure you and your future spouse have clear goals for the agreement, including expectations around finances, property ownership, and family responsibilities. Second, make sure you have an understanding of your state’s laws regarding prenuptials. Third, get legal advice from an experienced attorney to ensure that your agreement is valid and protects your interests.
What should be included in a Prenuptial or Antenuptial Agreement?
In general, a prenuptial agreement should cover a wide range of topics, including how the couple will divide their assets and debts, how the couple will share responsibilities for any children, and what rights either spouse may have if the other becomes physically or emotionally abusive.
Here are five things every prenuptial agreement should include:
- Agreement on custody and visitation arrangements for any children from a previous relationship.
- Definition of property rights, including what will become yours if you end the marriage.
- Settlement of any outstanding debts or obligations from before the marriage.
- Declaration of any assets that will remain separate during the marriage.
- Agreement on spousal support and child support payments, if applicable.
Questions to Ask Before Signing a Prenuptial or Antenuptial Agreement
Before signing a prenuptial agreement, you should ask some questions to help make the agreement more beneficial for both you and your spouse. Here are five questions to ask:
- What is the purpose of the agreement?
- What are the consequences if I break the agreement?
- How will we share assets and debts if we divorce?
- Who will make decisions about our children if we break the agreement?
- How long will the agreement last?
Ensuring Validity of Your Agreement
Here are some tips to make sure your antenuptial agreement is valid:
- You and your spouse both agree to all of the terms of the agreement.
- Have the agreement is in writing.
- The agreement is dated and signed by both you and your spouse.
- Each party has copies of the agreement.
These agreements can be complex and there are numerous legal requirements needed to make sure the contract retains validity over time. It is important to have a qualified attorney involved in the drafting and execution of the agreement. Contact us today to get legal information and assistance with your premarital agreement.