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Can a Prenuptial Agreement Strengthen My Relationship?

December 26, 2023

Many people have a negative view about prenuptial agreements and consider them a way to hedge your bets before the marriage even begins. This is a stereotype that doesn’t do anyone any favors. The fact is that a prenuptial agreement can help strengthen your marriage from the get-go and may provide you with the peace of mind you need to be fully present in the relationship. In addition, a prenuptial agreement can protect your personal assets and secure them for future generations in the event  that you marry after having children.

If you have questions or concerns about a prenuptial agreement, reach out to a seasoned divorce attorney – serving Virginia, Maryland, and the greater DC area – who has a wealth of experience drafting solid prenups that support client rights.

Divorce Happens

It would be naive to enter a marriage without a solid understanding that divorce is prevalent. This, of course, does not mean that your marriage will end in divorce, but it’s unrealistic to consider yourself immune. Having a healthy respect for just how common divorce is can help you better protect your own marriage.

Resolving Concerns Ahead of Time

A prenuptial agreement allows you to resolve certain terms of your divorce prior to your marriage taking place, which helps take a lot of the guesswork out of the equation. In a prenuptial agreement, you can specifically address all the following financial matters:

  • The division of your marital assets
  • The matter of each spouse’s separate assets
  • The matter of alimony – it’s amount and duration

Child custody, on the other hand, must be addressed in real-time and in relation to the children’s best interests at that time, which means this divorce term can’t be resolved via prenuptial agreement. The same is true of child support – unless the terms included exceed state requirements.  

A Note about Inheritance

If either of you has children from a prior relationship, the matter of their inheritance may be a primary concern. If you don’t address this issue in a valid prenup, the state’s laws of intestacy will prevail, which can erode the inheritance you intended to leave your children. In these situations, a prenuptial agreement can be that much more important.

The Emotional Advantages

Many married couples find that prenuptial agreements offer considerable emotional advantages. All those lingering question marks about divorce are tabled. With a valid prenup in place, you know what a divorce would mean for you and can focus your efforts on building a strong marriage and doing what it takes to maintain it.

Turn to an Experienced MD, VA, and DC Area Divorce Attorney for the Help You Need Today

The focused divorce attorneys at Bourdon & Tortolero – proudly serving Virginia, Maryland, and the DC metropolitan area – dedicate our practice to helping clients like you create legally binding prenuptial agreements that honor their rights while supporting their marriages. When you go into marriage with a clear understanding of what divorce will mean, it really helps put things in perspective, which can prove invaluable. For more information, contact or call us at 703-646-8390 today.

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