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Situations when you may want to sign a prenup

On Behalf of | Nov 27, 2023 | Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements provide a legal framework for couples to address financial matters before marriage. While some may view them as unromantic, they can offer clarity and protection for both parties.

Prenuptial agreements can be especially valuable tools in certain situations.

Significant wealth disparities

A prenup can create balance when couples have a notable gap in wealth. In this case, the agreement provides a clear outline of how you will manage financial assets and responsibilities during the marriage.

A prenuptial agreement can clarify the terms of alimony or spousal support. It also ensures a fair and equitable financial arrangement in a divorce.

Separate business interests

If one or both partners own companies, a prenuptial agreement safeguards these interests. It can establish the division of company assets, prevent potential disputes and support the continuity of the business if the marriage ends.

Family inheritance

If you have received or expect to inherit substantial family assets, a prenuptial agreement can protect this legacy. A prenup can categorize these assets as separate property and establish their management during the marriage.

Prior financial obligations

Individuals entering a second or subsequent marriage may have child support or alimony payments. A prenuptial agreement addresses these financial commitments to prevent potential conflicts with the new spouse.

For couples facing educational debts, especially student loans, a prenuptial agreement can also be beneficial. It outlines how you will handle these debts during marriage. In the event of a divorce, the agreement prevents one partner from shouldering the other’s educational loans.

Estate planning concerns

Couples with specific estate planning goals should consider a prenuptial agreement. For example, you may want to ensure your children from previous marriages inherit your assets or support a favorite charity.

Need for financial boundaries

One partner may have concerns about the other’s financial habits or potential mismanagement of assets. In this situation, a prenuptial agreement can establish financial boundaries.

These situations show some of the reasons for the increased popularity of prenups. Harris Poll data shows that 42% of U.S. adults support the use of these agreements and 35% would consider signing one before a future marriage.