Prenuptial agreements – or simply prenups – can be effective ways of defining certain financial rights and/or obligations that partners in a marriage will have and/or that may come into play upon a divorce. Although people may shy away from the notion of prenups, these agreements can provide some very important protections to people who are getting married.
Taking a closer look at the importance of prenups, this blog series will present the facts behind some commonly held prenup myths.
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The Truth Behind Common Prenup Myths
Myth 1 – I Don’t Have a Lot of Assets, So I Don’t Need a Prenup.
FACT – Wrong! While prenups can, of course, be very beneficial for people with substantial assets, they can also be advantageous for those who do not have as much wealth accumulated. This is because, even if you don’t have a significant amount of wealth at the moment, prenups can:
- Get you and your fiancé talking about individual versus shared financial responsibilities for your marriage.
- Set up some guidelines in the event you and/or your spouse ends up accumulating some wealth in the future.
- Help you and your fiancé avoid having false expectations that could create problems for your marriage in the future (given that financial issues are a primary cause of divorce, this can help you start a marriage off on the right foot).
Myth 2 – Creating a Prenup Means I’m Planning for Divorce.
FACT – Wrong again! Although prenups can have provisions that cover what happens (from a financial perspective) in the event of a divorce, these agreements can also be invaluable even if a divorce never happens.
One reason for this is that prenups can outline certain financial responsibilities for a marriage. Additionally, prenups can end up working as effective estate planning tools (in some cases). In fact, with prenups, people who have children from previous marriages can:
- Specifically designate certain assets to these children.
- Prevent a new spouse from trying to cut these children out of a will later.
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