Why Prenups Can Save Marriages

Why Prenups Can Save Marriages

While most people might think a prenuptial agreement is just a countdown to divorce, it can actually save a marriage. A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into before the marriage or civil union occurs. The content of the actual agreement can also vary, although they typically concern provisions or division of property and spousal support in the event of a divorce or breakup.

Why get a prenup if you never plan on getting divorced? Because the prenup is a contractual agreement you make with your spouse before the marriage, you can decide in advance how to negotiate potential conflicts that may arise.

For example, while no one wants to think about what will happen if the worst occurs, what will you do if one of you loses your job? Will one spouse be expected to support the other? If so, for how long will that be the case? What if you also have children to support? While marriage is for better or for worse, planning ahead for the worst can save you time and stress.

In the prenup, you can specify how you will deal with financial pitfalls and emergency situations. Likewise, it can allow you to see, as a couple, what items are negotiable and what items are completely off the table. For example, if two people eventually want to have children, a prenup may help them decide, in writing, how many children they are willing to have and whether or not time off from work is something either of them wants to do. Arranging it advance could save you days of arguments later.

If you need help working out the details of your marriage before you say your wedding vows, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our experienced Harrisburg family law attorneys are skilled in the complexities of this field. Let us see what we can do for you. Contact us at (717) 775-7195 or fill out our online form to schedule a case evaluation today.

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