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Why prenuptial agreements are essential when remarrying

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Firm News

The majority of people are not willing to bring up the possibility of divorce while they are on the cusp of married life. However, those entering a subsequent marriage after the failure of their first know that divorce is always a possibility.

Prenuptial agreements are an often misunderstood and overlooked part of wedding planning. Nevertheless, it is becoming more common, with 15% of engaged couples signing an agreement in 2022.

Secure your assets and financial independence

If you are entering a second or third marriage, you may have accumulated significant assets including, life savings, retirement funds, or even a business. A prenuptial agreement can help you secure your assets and avoid financial problems should the marriage not work out.

Protect your children’s future

If you have children from previous relationships, prenups can be a valuable tool to secure their inheritance. This document can also serve as a legally binding declaration for your children that you will continue to protect them and their best interests, even as you move on to a new chapter in your life.

Streamline estate planning

Estate planning becomes more intricate with subsequent marriages, particularly with ongoing alimony payments, child support, or business ownership that need to be considered.

With a prenuptial agreement, you can add another layer of security to guarantee that your assets are distributed according to your wishes if you decide to end the marriage.

In the United States, the statistical fact that half of all marriages end in divorce is famously reiterated. However, subsequent marriages actually fail at a higher rate. This underlines the vital role of prenuptial agreements in preparing yourself and your soon-to-be spouse for your future together.

Signing a prenup is often preconceived negatively, but it is crucial to remember that it is not about mistrust or anticipating the end of a marriage.

Like life insurance, this document simply places guardrails against financial issues that come with significant changes that you may face in life.


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