Due to the negative way countless people view prenuptial agreements, it is not uncommon for married couples to be hesitant about forming one. People believe that forming a premarital agreement means that they do not truly believe their marriage will last. However, this is not the case. Forming such an agreement can ensure that, in the event that something were to go wrong in your marriage, your family's well-being and best interests would be protected. It can also help strengthen your marriage by coming to agreements on important issues before a conflict that is unexpected and unplanned for arises.
Forming a prenuptial agreement can make sure that you and your spouse are on the same page when it comes to your finances. Honest discussions beforehand can prevent any surprises from occurring during your marriage. Discussing financial issues in advance can make sure that you don't actually have to enforce the premarital agreement, because you have already prepared yourself for the possibility of conflict or even divorce.
Premarital agreements are designed so that everyone's needs are fulfilled, which means that the agreement must be fair. Since signing the agreement is a voluntary act, each party has the ability to make sure they are satisfied with the proposed terms. You set up your own terms, and cover whatever specifics you wish, whether that means addressing the status of your premarital property, or the issue of what will happen in the event of your death.
The truth is that working together to choose the terms of a prenuptial agreement can actually strengthen a couple's relationship. A marriage is about teamwork and compromise, and by preparing for any hiccups that could arise along the way, you can prevent conflict from occurring at all. In turn, this can ensure that your partnership is managed more effectively.
There are numerous advantages to drafting a prenuptial agreement, and at Claery & Hammond, we can help inform you and your spouse about how you could benefit from forming one. Contact our firm today to see how our Los Angeles divorce attorneys can assist you with a prenup or another family law matter!