Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

It seems like prenuptial and postnuptial agreements only factor highly in movies, but they are a necessity for many American couples.

prenuptial agreements can protect assets and individuals in a marriage
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Are you starting a marriage with assets of your own? Kids from another relationship?

Whether it occurs to you before you marry, or the idea comes up after you’ve already said, “I do,” prenuptial and postnuptial agreements protect individual assets and people in a marriage in the event of eventual problems.

These agreements are legal documents that outline ownership of items, property and businesses before a couple marries. Doing this removes the worry or concern from a relationship, paving the way for the assets to not factor into arguments or strife.

Prenuptial agreements are common in second marriages where one party was previously divorced or widowed. The goal in these situations is to protect children from a prior marriage as well as keep property separate.

Also, wealthy individuals may choose to draft prenuptial agreements before marrying for a first time to preserve family assets or future inheritances.

A postnuptial agreement is the same legal document, but the creation of it takes place after the marriage takes place.