Prenuptial Agreements Can Help You When You Are Divorcing

By Danielle Levy, Esq. at Grossman Law & Conflict Management

Many people view prenuptial agreements as a death sentence for a relationship.  Couples often shy away from the possibility of entering into a prenuptial agreement because of the historically negative connotation associated with them.  No one wants to talk about the “D” word when they are in their honeymoon stage. Prenuptial agreements can help you when you are divorcing.

Prenuptial Agreements

Initiating the conversation about whether to sign a prenuptial agreement isn’t easy, but contemplating and openly discussing the various legal ramifications of your marriage and the potential impact of a divorce can have actually improve your relationship with your significant other.

Prenuptial agreements force the parties to engage in uncomfortable conversations and provide full disclosure as to their respective assets and liabilities.  Being upfront about your financial picture at the onset of a marriage could prevent some future arguments.  Financial disagreements are at the center of many divorces.  Seeing the other parties’ financial situation can give you further insight into how they save, spend and manage their income and vice versa.

It is important to know how each of you views your roles in the marriage going forward.  If one of you hopes to be a stay-at-home parent in the future but the other spouse is not in agreement, it is better to have that discussion before you get married, then realize a couple years down the line.

Prenuptial agreements give you the ability to add some predictability to the seemingly unpredictable.  You can include provisions on any number of issues such as division of property and alimony in the event you get a divorce.  Some couples are even agreeing to include a social media clause in their agreements.  As social media usage has skyrocketed over the past few years, so has its appearance in family law cases.  People are opting to include clauses that limit the information that can be shared on social media in the event of a separation or divorce.  It is not unusual for divorcing spouses to take part in revenge porn by posting nude photos or videos of their former spouse online without their consent.  A social media clause could limit the possibility of finding yourself the victim of revenge porn.

A business owner wouldn’t enter into a business partnership without a partnership agreement; so why would you want to enter into a marriage without a prenuptial agreement?

Contact Danielle directly at DLevy@AttorneyGrossman.com.

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