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Recognize the need for a prenuptial agreement

Before you get married, you need to take a few minutes to think about your future. Of course, you hope that your impending marriage will be a happily-ever-after story. But, what if it isn't? What if your marriage doesn't work out? Where will you be?

If you are going into the marriage with some assets of your own, you might consider asking your future spouse for a prenuptial agreement. This agreement can actually include clauses that help to protect you and your partner in the event the marriage doesn't work out.

Even if you don't have assets, you can still benefit from a prenuptial agreement. This agreement can lay out who is responsible for what debts. This would prevent you from having to pay for the financial decisions that your future spouse made.

Don't discount a prenuptial agreement based only on the fact that you don't want to have to ask your future spouse to sign one. When you think about the benefits to each of you, it is easy to see why this is an important document.

In the event your marriage doesn't last forever, you will be able to turn to this prenuptial agreement and know that you are protected. It will serve as a way that you can get the divorce terms handled a bit easier since you won't have to fight over everything.

It is necessary to ensure that you are handling the prenup properly. For example, you can't present it too close to the wedding. You have to give the other person time to read it and determine if the terms are agreeable. Without taking the proper steps when you get it signed, it could be invalidated in court. An attorney can help you understand the proper steps.

Source: FindLaw, "Can Prenuptial Agreements Help You?," accessed June 02, 2017

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