Creating a prenuptial agreement is one of the most responsible first steps a couple can take before tying the knot. If you and your fiancé agreed to create a prenuptial agreement, you may need some guidance on what to include in this important legal document. You may never have to use your prenuptial agreement, but creating an effective safety net can certainly put your mind at ease no matter what the future holds. Continue reading to find out what you should include.
Creating a Prenuptial Agreement
No two couples are identical, so what is important for you may not be important for someone else. That said, there are certain features of a prenuptial agreement that should generally be included. Most importantly, it is crucial to determine separate and marital property according to your own terms. Otherwise, if you get divorced, your assets and property will be divided according to state law, which might not satisfy you or your spouse.
A prenuptial agreement not only protects assets and property, but it can also protect spouses against each other’s debts. If your spouse is entering the marriage with sizeable debt, you can use your marital agreement to put certain safeguards in place and ensure you are not responsible for it if you get divorced.
Here are some other things you may want to consider including in your prenuptial agreement:
- Outline financial plans, including retirement and investment strategies
- Protect the property rights of children from a previous relationship
- Specify how your household expenses will be managed
You must not include any child-related matters, such as child support or child custody. Including these items may invalidate your agreement altogether, so it is crucial to consult with an experienced attorney to ensure you do not include anything that may jeopardize the legitimacy of your prenuptial agreement.
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If you are creating a prenuptial agreement before your trip down the aisle, you should not hesitate to reach out to a knowledgeable family law attorney to provide the legal advice you need to create the most effective legal document. At the Law Office of Tzvi Y. Hagler, P.C., our skilled attorney is committed to helping clients protect their best interests.
Reach out to our family law team today at (516) 514-3868 to set up an initial consultation with an experienced attorney to discuss your prenuptial agreement.