Antenuptials Made Easier

Antenuptial, also known as prenuptial, agreements can be tough to get through. Don’t let that stop you. There are ways to make this very important process easier. These are agreements or contracts that are made by a couple before marriage concerning financial obligations and terms. The antenuptial agreement typically names all of the property and debt each person has and specifies what each person’s property rights will be should the marriage end in divorce.

Antenuptials are used by a variety of people of different circumstances. They are commonly used to protect the assets of a wealthy fiancé but are also used by people of more modest means. These are very important contracts for business owners to have before entering into marriage. Remember, a business is an asset that can be divided between parties.

A common hindrance to writing a prenuptial is not wanting to talk about the possibility of your marriage ending before it has even started! It’s better to write it and not need it than to not write it. It should be talked about early and often. It’s easier to talk about difficult subjects when things are going well. You should have your antenuptial written and signed months before you marry.

You and your fiancé should have independent legal advice. Different lawyers should review the antenuptial for each of you. You want to make sure you are both as comfortable as possible with the agreement. You also want the agreement to be fair and enforceable.

View discussions about your antenuptials as business discussions. Try to keep your emotions out of the negotiating. If needed, take time between discussions to think about what’s best for your and your fiancé. This is a good discussion for premarital counseling. This agreement, like other financial matters, is a business transaction which is part of your marriage. Don’t rush the discussions and agreement just to get the process over with. Make sure you are completely comfortable with your prenuptial.

Remember, an antenuptial is like an insurance policy. You have it just in case something happens, and you hope it never does. Once it is written and signed, forget about it. Savor the joy of your engagement and marriage.

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