For decades any sort of marital agreement was cast in an unromantic light. From news items to entertainment, it was mentioned with a sneer that the rich husband forced his wife to sign a prenup. Writers - from novelists to screenwriters - could take a shortcut in character development by just mentioning that one party in the relationship had brought up the idea of drafting a prenuptial agreement.
But are they really that negative?
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That might be a little simplistic, but, even so, the two concepts aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. As society changes, people need more and more protection of their assets. Many people marry two or three times, maybe own a business or two, have children from other marriages, have retirement accounts from numerous jobs and have collections supplemented by gifts or inheritances over the course of their lifetime. A prenuptial agreement is a way to keep things clearly organized on paper.
You're not necessarily planning for divorce, but having a prenup in place, though, can help you avoid conflicts and unnecessary disputes should divorce actually become a reality.
An experienced family law attorney can explain the benefits of a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement. It is crucial that you take steps to clearly document the assets that you are bringing into the marriage. It could be something as straightforward as an antique grandfather clock or something as complex as a business you started - you are entitled to ensure that your assets are protected in case you end up divorcing in the future.