If you’re planning a wedding, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is how your divorce would play out. But for some, having a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place can provide peace of mind that enhances the relationship and creates a sense of security. At Marinaro Law in Pennsylvania, our attorneys can craft strategic and protective pre- and postnuptial agreements that protect your assets, clarify financial obligations and establish boundaries.
Who Benefits From Pre- And Postnuptial Agreements?
Whether you craft an agreement before or after the marriage, an agreement of this sort can benefit both partners in a couple. Traditionally, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements have been thought to be a tool whereby a wealthy spouse protects his or her assets from claims the other spouse may try to make in the event of a divorce. But a pre- (or post-) nuptial agreement can do more than that. For example, the agreements can:
- Ensure that certain debts like student loans or pre-existing credit card debt do not become marital debt
- Protect a spouse’s stake in a family business
- Prevent conflicts over property division
- Clarify financial agreements, including estate plans
Won’t This Hurt My Relationship?
For some couples, the mention of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can create stress and distrust, and strain the relationship. However, the resulting clarity and protection could be worth the discomfort. For others, coming to an agreement at the start of a marriage creates boundaries and manages expectations, allowing couples to relax into the relationship.
Start The Process Today
It doesn’t hurt to explore your options regarding a pre- or postnuptial agreement. If you do end up getting a divorce, you will likely be glad you made the effort to create the agreement. To discuss your situation and how a pre- or postnuptial agreement might work for you, call a lawyer at our Lancaster office at 717-397-7055 or toll free at 866-614-6520, or use our online contact form to get in touch.