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What you need to know if considering a prenuptial agreement

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2024 | Family Law

While no one enters a marriage assuming that the relationship will end at some point in the future, it is often beneficial to consider what will happen in the event of a divorce. If you are preparing to marry, it may seem like an unromantic or distressing prospect to consider during this time of joy and celebration. In reality, however, there are many reasons why a Minnesota couple should consider drafting a prenuptial agreement before walking down the aisle. 

A prenup is a legal contract that outlines what will happen in the event of a divorce. It can specify how a couple will divide their marital property and other issues that could arise if the marriage ends. Even if you are not wealthy or own a substantial amount of property, this effort could benefit you. 

Fair terms are critical 

This type of agreement should be fair and sustainable. If there are issues with a prenuptial agreement, a court could decide that some or all of it is not enforceable during a dispute. It is important to think long-term when considering what should be in a prenup and what things may be important to you in case of a divorce. The following could be helpful when drafting this contract: 

  • The terms of your prenup can outline how you want to divide marital property in case of a divorce. 
  • You can also include terms that address spousal support and other financial matters that will need resolving. 
  • You can protect business assets and other types of property through clear terms included in your prenup. 
  • Your prenuptial agreement can also outline how the two parties will divide marital debt in case of their divorce. 
  • It can be custom-tailored to your specific needs and objectives, as well as your unique financial circumstances. 
  • You can use a prenup to outline the individual financial responsibilities of each spouse during marriage. 

A prenuptial agreement is a wise investment of time for couples of all income levels. You do not have to be wealthy, a business owner or the heir of a substantial amount of wealth to benefit from the protections provided in this type of agreement. If you are unsure of how a prenup could benefit you, you may find it helpful to speak with a professional regarding the benefits of this contract and what terms may be most important to you.