April 13, 2020
Thinking about getting a prenuptial agreement? A prenuptial agreement, also referred to as a prenup, is a legally binding contract that determines how spouses will divide assets and debts if a divorce were to occur. Your financial situation does not have to determine if you get a prenup or not. These days, more people are getting one.
Of course, there are pros and cons to this decision, but if you’re thinking about getting a prenup, you must confront and look past the emotional aspect of the prenup. At its core marriage is a legal contract. Even though it is not very romantic, you can see past any negativity if you view the prenup as another legal contract that goes along with the marriage contract.
Some benefits of getting a prenup is:
- It opens a dialogue between you and your spouse. It creates a space for you to be open and honest about money, properties, and expectations. Communication is key in a relationship and drafting up a prenup is a great way to open and create a level of trust that can keep your relationship strong.
- The prenup will allow you to address legal hurdles in a divorce much easier with quicker resolutions and no court battles. Divorce is expensive and time-consuming, and a prenup makes it possible for you to avoid a messy end.
- A prenup allows you to protect certain family heirlooms and property that you had before the marriage that you want to keep separate.
- A prenup helps you avoid a long property battle and how it should be divided.
- A prenup will help protect you from debt that was never yours to begin with like student loan debt or credit card debt.
It’s important to discuss a prenup with your fiancé and why it is important for you to have or not have one. Sure, this isn’t a fun conversation, but it’s necessary if it is important to you. If you decided to go through with a prenup, do not rush it. Make sure you are sure of everything in the document and know exactly what you are signing.
After you completed a prenup, don’t bring it up after the wedding. If you dwell on the prenup, it will only create problems in your marriage. When the prenup is signed and complete, lock it away somewhere safe with the hope that you both will never have to use it. But, if your marriage does not last, this document will save you a lot of headaches, time, and money.
At the Dorsey Law Firm, we help couples with prenuptial agreements.
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The decision of whether you need a prenup is up to you and your spouse. We get involved once you know you need a legal document written up.
William J. Dorsey is a divorce attorney and understands each divorce case is unique. Give us a call and we can help you put together a prenup.
As a Jacksonville divorce attorney, with more than 35 years of experience in the state of Florida, Dorsey knows Florida divorce law and how to apply it to get his clients the best possible outcome. He guides his clients through the entire process.
If you are considering a prenup, our team would be happy to help you learn more about the process in Florida. By hiring a divorce attorney, you’re laying the groundwork for a better result.
William J. Dorsey founded the Dorsey Law Firm in 1975 and has practiced family law and tried numerous trials throughout Florida in state and federal courts.
To request your in-person consultation at The Dorsey Law Firm’s Jacksonville Law Office or if you have any questions, call 904-346-3883 or click our Jacksonville Divorce Attorney page for more information.