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What should you know about prenuptial agreements?

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | Prenuptial Agreements |

Summer weddings and June brides are right around the corner. If you’re engaged, getting a wedding and honeymoon planned can be a consuming process, but you can’t forget to start taking steps to protect your financial future as well.

If you’re engaged, now is the time to sign a prenuptial agreement. This agreement can provide a financial foundation for you and your soon-to-be spouse by outlining several important mutual decisions.

Protecting personal and shared interests

One of the primary purposes of a prenuptial agreement in California is to protect personal assets. This is particularly important because assets acquired during the marriage are usually considered community property and divided equally in a divorce. A prenup can specify which assets remain separate property and how marital assets should be handled.

Prenups can safeguard both parties from assuming the other’s debts, outline how property will be passed on in the event of death and establish financial responsibilities during the marriage.

This legal tool isn’t only for the wealthy. It’s for anyone interested in clearly defining their financial rights and responsibilities from the outset.

Approaching the idea of a prenup with sensitivity

Discussing a prenuptial agreement can be delicate, but it’s vital for couples looking to build a future together. Here are a few tips for broaching the subject with your betrothed:

  • Start early: Bring up the conversation well before your wedding date to avoid any pressure or stress. This allows time for thoughtful discussion and legal consultation.
  • Be honest and open: Communicate your reasons for wanting a prenup clearly and listen to your partner’s concerns and desires. This conversation is an opportunity to discuss your financial future openly and honestly.
  • Focus on mutual benefits: Emphasize that a prenup is about protecting both partners and ensuring that future decisions are made with mutual agreement, not left to the state’s laws.
  • Be empathetic and supportive: Understand that discussing a prenup can evoke many emotions. Approach the topic with sensitivity, and support your partner’s feelings throughout the process.

Making sure a prenup is legally enforceable is a significant concern because if the marriage ends, both parties should be able to count on the protection it offers. Working with a legal representative who can assist with this can reduce the stress of trying to get everything in the agreement ironed out in ways that are fair and enforceable.