A baby is on the way for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and if rumors are
true, wedding bells may soon follow. Should they have a prenuptial agreement?
Just ask Katy Perry, Madonna, and Kelsey Grammer why a prenuptial agreement
is so important. But prenuptial agreements are
not just for the rich and famous.
Here are the
TOP TEN REASONS TO HAVE A PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT
1It Can Strengthen the Relationship
In order for prenuptial agreements to work, you both have to be completely
transparent with one other about your existing financial matters. This
means fully disclosing your assets and your debts to one another. Get
the difficult conversations out of the way as soon as possible. Trust
us, the best time to talk about that maxed out credit card is not after
Avoiding Discussions About Financial Matters is a Start on the Wrong Foot
Almost a third of divorces are the result of financial problems. We know
you’ve heard this one before, so why not address this in advance?
The more communicative you are in planning your future together, the more
likely that future will be “till death do us part.” Part of
your prenup discussion will include discussions about marital roles and
obligations of each partner. There is nothing unromantic about smart planning.
You Acquired Property Before your Current Relationship
One of the things that we have found is that many couples interested in
a prenuptial agreement typically have acquired property prior to starting
a relationship with their current partner. This is particularly true with
people getting married a second time. Oftentimes, a couple may want to
keep some of their property separate, especially if they have children
from a previous relationship. The idea here is that couples would like
to see their separate property, or even a certain percentage of it, used
for the benefit of their children in the event of a sudden death or divorce.
Divorce is Very Expensive
Divorces are quite pricey and while we know that nothing can be further
from your mind, the reality is that about 50% of marriages in the U.S.
end up this way. Think of your prenuptial agreement as something of an
“insurance policy” that will save you both a lot of pain and
money by predetermining who gets what at a time when you are not angry
at one other.
Assurance for Your Children
Second and third marriages are increasingly a common occurrence in the
U.S.. In some cases, children may feel their new step-parent will not
honor the same inheritance wishes of their biological parent. A prenuptial
agreement sets clear guidelines regarding what a spouse is entitled to,
while ensuring your children’s peace of mind that they will be taken care of.
You’re single, you work hard, and you’re probably used to managing
your finances. However, during the course of a marriage, you are likely
to share certain financial responsibilities together. If maintaining a
certain level of financial independence is important to you, a prenup
can help set those parameters for you. One way to do that is to outline
your obligations to each other and define where the lines are in terms
of maintaining your own earnings.
Protection from Creditors
Maybe your partner attempts a business that ultimately fails, or maybe
your partner brings a lot of debt to the relationship. Things happen,
and we get that. A prenuptial agreement can often protect your finances
from creditors. This allows one partner to step up and help maintain your
relationship while the other bounces back.
Planning your Life in Advance
There is nothing wrong with that. By outlining specifics about your future
together, a prenuptial agreement gives you a roadmap to keep you both
on track. It also brings the tough decisions to the forefront of your
relationship to make sure they don’t trip you both up later.
Keeping a Business on Track
Do you have a business partner or some other significant business interest?
A prenuptial agreement can help keep that business intact in the event
of an untimely death. That does not mean that your spouse cannot or should
not benefit from your hard work, but your agreement will help clarify
issues surrounding ownership of the business.
You could end up living a long time, but only be married for a number of
years. Should that relationship end in divorce, you could be on the hook
for a lifetime of support even if your relationship did not last as long.
An agreement could alleviate this and mitigate these obligations.
For any other questions regarding prenuptial agreements,