Busting some common myths about prenuptial agreements

| Oct 24, 2018 | Family Law |

Most people don’t exactly think of romance when they think of prenuptial agreements. Instead, they think of signing a stuffy legal document that practically predicts their divorce. This image is not exactly what most newly engaged couples want to imagine.

Fortunately, this is merely a myth about prenups. Prenuptial agreements are crucial documents for any marriage. Here, we will address several other popular myths about prenups—and reveal the truths behind them.

  • Prenups kill the romance in a relationship

No, signing a legal document is not the most romantic activity. However, creating a prenup can actually preserve the romance in your relationship. Sitting down with your soon-to-be spouse and discussing your future can solidify your bond in addition to protecting your finances.

  • Only rich couples need prenups

Anyone who is getting married needs a prenuptial agreement. Even if you do not have significant assets or property, you can protect what you currently have. A prenup can also address anything you may earn in the future.

  • A spouse who asks for a prenup is predicting a divorce

When one spouse asks for a prenuptial agreement, the other sometimes feels as if their loved one does not trust that their relationship will last. This is far from true—asking for a prenup is actually a way to show your partner that you care about your shared future. Obtaining this document does not at all mean that your marriage will end in a divorce.

  • You can skip a prenup and get a postnup

Some couples choose to forego a prenuptial agreement in favor of a postnuptial agreement. While these documents can indeed help protect your assets, they usually do not hold up as well in court as prenups do.

  • You can make a prenuptial agreement without a lawyer

In the internet era, you may feel tempted to print an online prenuptial document and complete it yourself. However, the court will not always uphold these prenups. Instead, you should consult an attorney who can create a legally sound contract. Then, you can rest assured that when you marry your partner, you also have a document in place to protect your finances.