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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.