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Why a prenuptial agreement might be right for you

| Jul 7, 2017 | Family Law |

We all know the last thing a couple on the verge of marriage wants to talk about is the possibility of divorce. Yet for nearly half of all married couples throughout the United States, including those from Killeen, Texas and the surrounding area, the unfortunate reality is that half of all marriages ultimately end in divorce. It is important to recognize this because the process of a divorce, as we all have heard could be painful.

There are some instances when a divorce is completely mutual, and both sides have developed a relationship where they can work through their differences and recognize that working together, even in a divorce, can be mutually beneficial. But those situations are often rare. More often than not a divorce has both sides with emotions running high. During these times, people often do not think rationally, and may use negative emotions such as spite to try to “stick it” to the other spouse.

This is how a prenuptial agreement could prove to be helpful. Although it may be a difficult discussion to have with your soon-to-be spouse, it is an important one. It may be helpful to even mention that a prenuptial agreement can include many decisions that are to be made in the event of the death of one spouse, not necessarily a divorce. This could include how to handle assets, debts and liabilities, as well as how finances are to be handled during the course of a marriage.

This conversation may not be easy, but it could prove to be very helpful in the long run. Although you could create a prenuptial agreement by yourself, there are several topics that cannot be included in a prenup, and including one or some of them may void the entire agreement. It may be in your best interest to speak with a firm familiar with family law to learn how to proceed.

Source: Brides, “Prenups, Postnups, and Everything In Between,” Jaimie Mackey, May 24, 2017