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Factors you should consider before signing a prenup

As you are preparing for your wedding, you may be wondering if it is a good idea for you and your partner to sign a prenuptial contract. Although you both have great jobs, sizable savings and other assets, you may debate the value in signing an agreement because you do not intend to divorce.

Prenuptial agreements can provide financial protection and security in the event of a separation. But they can also create complications if they are not done properly. Once executed, prenuptial contracts are legally binding. Learn about some of the disadvantages they present so you can decide if having one is right for you.

Chances of disagreement and conflict

In the days leading up to your wedding, you do not want to spend your time arguing with your soon-to-be spouse over a prenuptial agreement. Many Florida couples find them unpleasant to talk about because they are unromantic and may make them feel as if divorce is inevitable at some point in their relationships, potentially leading to trust issues.

Changes in circumstances

Your circumstances can change at any time while you are with your spouse. One of you could lose a job, receive a cut in pay, or gain assets and inheritances that the prenuptial contract does not cover. Agreeing to certain provisions now can keep you from receiving portions of your partner's estate that you normally would be eligible for if a prenuptial agreement were not in place. You could also end up having to change your post-divorce lifestyle because your contract caused you to end up with less than you came into the marriage with.

Fail to consider the consequences

In the beginning stages of a relationship/marriage, you may feel so in love with your partner that you fail to consider the full consequences of everything outlined in the prenuptial agreement. You or your spouse may agree to things that do not benefit either of you fairly just so you can move forward in your relationship.

It is important for you to consider your situation and goals before signing a prenuptial agreement. Although it offers many advantages, you may feel that the disadvantages outweigh the benefits. If you are having trouble determining if a prenuptial agreement is right for your situation, you should speak to an attorney for guidance.

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