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A Prenuptial Agreement the Right Way

Asking your fiancé(e)for a prenuptial agreement is rarely easy. If you have been asked to sign a prenuptial agreement, we can help you there too.

Each person should have a separate lawyer advising them on their specific best interests when considering the terms of a prenuptial agreement. This is an important contract that can actually make your marriage stronger, if both parties' best interests play equal roles in its creation.

Good Reasons for a Prenup

  • Protecting a family business or private practice
  • Protecting inheritance for children from a prior relationship
  • Clarifying property and debts you would prefer remain separate property in marriage
  • Predetermining the level of spousal support if you get divorced
  • Protecting one's own inheritance or other monetary gift
  • Keeping funds separate for spousal or child support obligations from a previous marriage

This Agreement Is Fully Customizable

It may not be the sexiest thing you have ever heard of, but there are few other ways to have a full disclosure conversation about assets, debts and financial expectations prior to marriage.

A prenuptial agreement will allow you to set guidelines on spending and saving, legally separate property as necessary and propose a plan for spousal support (alimony) if you ever get divorced.

You will be able to make virtually anything part of your prenuptial agreement. You may even include a clause to dissolve the prenup after a certain milestone or after so many years.

Will Your Prenup Hold Up in Court?

Prenups are often challenged in divorce proceedings. Ensuring that your prenup will hold up is best achieved by following these guidelines:

  • Make sure you and your fiancé(e) each have your own separate attorneys who can advise you on the full implications of all aspects of the prenuptial agreement.
  • Have your attorney draft the document and make sure no party is taken advantage of in any one clause or any combination of clauses.
  • Have your attorney fully analyze all assets and debts of each party, ensuring nothing is undisclosed.

Speak with a Kalamazoo Family Lawyer Today

Gain a full understanding of your options for your peace of mind regarding all types of assets in your marriage. We can also discuss a postnuptial agreement if you prefer.

With offices in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, we make our lawyers convenient to you. Please call us at (888) 461-7744 to schedule a free initial consultation and to get answers.

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