While the initial idea of a prenuptial agreement can be unromantic at best and offensive at worst, it can also be seen as an opportunity for both parties to protect their interests and assets in the case of a divorce down the road. Even if you don’t have assets to protect, a prenup can be an opportunity to settle the division of property and avoid a costly legal battle in the event of a divorce.

However, before you sign a prenuptial agreement, it is extremely important to be open and honest with your spouse – and it is extremely important that you agree with everything written in the document. Don’t agree to an unfair prenuptial agreement because you don’t think you will ever need to use it. Be wary of fault clauses or agreements that don’t expire or change after a certain number of years after marriage.

A prenup may force a tough discussion (or series of discussions) between you and your betrothed. However, it may well be easier to have these talks now than later after your relationship as turned sour.

Molly B. Kenny
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Divorce and Child Custody Attorney Serving Bellevue and Seattle Washington