On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, May 29, 2015.
Prenuptial agreements have long been a source of contention when it comes to marriage. There really is no getting around the fact that you are essentially putting a contingency plan in place for divorce, and the possibility of divorce is the last thing you are likely considering when getting married. Some parties instantly become suspicious if their fiancée requests a prenuptial agreement, but the truth is that prenuptial agreements offer many benefits. It is up to couples to determine if they should get a prenuptial agreement.
There are many pros and cons to prenuptial agreements, and they are certainly not right for every couple. In most cases, couples who have assets or incomes that are important to them should seriously consider a prenuptial agreement simply to protect their financial interests. A prenuptial agreement can protect your property if the marriage does end in divorce, and it can also make the entire divorce process easier if it comes to that, since many of the conflicts will be predetermined by the agreement.
On the other hand, it is true that prenuptial agreements are not romantic, and they could cause friction or conflicts in a new marriage. Additionally, you cannot decide child custody or child support in a prenup, so if you are planning on having children or already have children, the most important issues cannot even be addressed by the agreement.
Ultimately, the only people who can decide how necessary or appropriate a prenuptial agreement is for a marriage are the people who are getting married. However, meeting with an attorney can help you gain a better understanding of what a prenuptial agreement can offer to your specific circumstances, and also what you need to know about your specific state’s laws. This can be important for making an informed decision about what is best for you and your marriage. Missouri residents are encouraged to meet with an attorney if they are wondering whether or not they should get a prenup.