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Should you get a prenuptial agreement?

Getting married is one of the most momentous occasions in a person’s life. Standing up in front of your family and friends and professing your eternal love for another person is as special as it gets. Given the circumstances, asking for a prenuptial agreement may present a bit of an awkward situation.

Acknowledging the potential for divorce could result in a difficult conversation, but it may be one worth having given the right circumstances. While no one plans on separating, the American Psychological Association estimates that 40% to 50% of United States marriages end in divorce.

As a result, it may be in your best interest to consider protecting yourself with a prenuptial agreement.

Protect your assets

Are you someone who inherited a significant plot of land or a special home lived in by your family for generations? Or maybe you own and run a large business. If so, you may want to consider a prenuptial agreement to avoid losing control of your property to your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

Creating an agreement with language that allows you to control your assets in the event of a divorce could allow you to avoid a messy situation some time down the road.

Protect your financial situation

Going through a divorce can be extremely difficult. What may make matters worse is the financial aspect of it. Drafting a prenup can help avoid the headache of ruining your credit score, losing a significant portion of your hard-earned money or assuming debt you didn’t personally accumulate.

Your partner may have made some poor financial choices in the past or frequently makes questionable spending decisions. If you want to avoid these problems becoming your own at the end of your relationship, then it may be wise to consider signing a prenuptial agreement in order to keep your financial situations separate.

Reduce conflict

It’s hard to ignore how high the divorce rate is in contemporary society, and it’s no secret that divorces have the potential of getting messy. Reaching a prenuptial agreement could help you bypass conflict and attorney costs in case of a marriage dissolution. One difficult conversation may be worth avoiding the potential for an expensive mess down the road.

Deciding whether a prenuptial agreement is right for you probably isn’t a fun topic, but it may be a smart decision given the right circumstances.

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