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Prenuptial agreements aren't a sign a marriage will fail

There is a stigma about prenuptial agreements because some people think that they mean the couple is assuming they will divorce. It is easy to see why they would think this, but if you delve deeper into these agreements, you will see that they actually provide more stability for the couple.

Should I sign a contract when moving in with a partner?

Many relationships take their natural course of action and advance to an engagement and then to marriage. Some of those relationships could involve the couple cohabiting prior to getting married. Many will ask if it is necessary to sign some sort of contract if moving in together before to marriage. This is a very important question.

How does a prenuptial agreement protect you from debt?

When a couple approaching marriage chooses to create a prenuptial agreement, they have a number of protections available. Many people often assume that prenuptial agreements are only useful to those who anticipate divorce and want to ensure that the settlement is straightforward, but this is simply untrue. Among the most important protections a prenuptial agreement can provide are legal boundaries between spouses and each other's debts.

Don't overlook prenuptial agreements during your engagement

Prenuptial agreements are often associated with the rich and famous, but they are helpful in many more marriages than only those specific cases. No matter what social and financial status you have, there are protections that these agreements can provide. Make sure that you think carefully about what you want to do early in your engagement so that you can have time to get it all together.

Child support and custody limitations in prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements provide many essential protections to couples who use them, allowing both spouses to define clear terms around many financial matters and marital expectations. However, some issues are specifically excluded from prenuptial agreements by the law, and including them may weaken the entire agreement in the eyes of the court. Two of the most commonly problematic issues in prenuptial agreements are child custody and child support, which the law does not allow couples to self-determine without the direction or approval of a court.

A prenuptial agreement must protect both parties

A prenuptial agreement isn't something that most people want to discuss before they get married. For some people, moving past this discomfort is necessary to help ensure they are protected if the marriage doesn't work out. We understand that you might have a lot of questions that you need answered before you approach this subject with the person you are going to marry. We can help you get those answers so that you know what you are facing and how you need to handle the situation.

How can a prenuptial agreement protect against debt?

When a couple chooses to create a prenuptial agreement, they can use it to create a number of protections for each party. In some cases, these protections take effect as soon as the couple finalizes the marriage. One of the most useful protections that a prenuptial agreement offers couples is protection from each other's debt.

Can I include child support or custody in a prenuptial agreement?

Prenuptial agreements are an important part of many modern marriages, and any couple with significant assets on either or both sides should certainly consider using one to protect themselves. However, many couples do not understand the limitations of these agreements and jeopardize important protections they do have available by including invalid terms when creating them.

Strengthen your upcoming marriage with a prenuptial agreement

Creating a strong marriage that goes the distance often begins well before two people actually tie the knot and get married. In almost all cases, relationships where each partner clearly expresses their expectations and understands the expectations of the other partner are healthier and stand a better chance of weathering the storms that any marriage inevitably encounters.