Prenuptial agreements are imperative legal tools for people wishing to protect their assets as they are entering into a marriage. Postnuptial agreements are far rarer than prenuptial agreements and serve the same purpose, but they are created during the course of a marriage.
These agreements serve an important role for couples who, individually, have significant assets. They are also sometimes used when one party’s assets are much more than the other party’s assets. I am attorney Bobbie O’Keefe, and I am experienced in drafting prenuptial agreements.
A prenuptial agreement, commonly shortened to “prenup,” can be a valuable resource to establish before marriage. However, they are not a requirement, and in fact, not everyone needs a prenuptial agreement. They are often designed to protect those who have significant assets and/or separate property such as inheritances and businesses.
You may want to consider a prenuptial agreement if:
- This is not your first marriage
- You have children from a previous relationship
- You are bringing significant assets into the marriage
- You are a business owner
- You anticipate acquiring significant assets during the marriage
Of course, keep in mind that prenuptial agreements should be drafted and executed by an experienced family law attorney. In the event of a divorce or the death of one party, the prenuptial agreement will be carefully considered as part of any decisions made. Working with an experienced lawyer can ensure that agreements meet the requirements of a legal prenuptial agreement, which can, in turn, help shorten potential legal divisions of assets.
One major subset of provisions that are not included in prenuptial agreements, however, is that pertaining to children from the union.
Is An Agreement Right For You?
I am nonjudgmental, and I want to work with you and your partner to determine if this is the best option. I will always advise you on the alternatives available so that you can make the best choice considering all of your circumstances.
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