How to Draw Up a Prenuptial Agreement?

Whether you’re getting married soon or already married, it’s important to know how to draw up a prenup. Prenups protect your financial future in the event of a divorce. While marriages are about much more than money, you should always keep your financial future in mind. 

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Creating a prenuptial agreement 

Creating a prenuptial agreement is an important step in the marriage preparation process. It helps define the property rights of each spouse and their children. It also helps prevent costly litigation and marital strife. Creating a prenup should be a joint effort. 

A prenuptial agreement addresses the division of assets upon divorce or death. The terms and conditions of the agreement will be governed by state law. It’s important to note that there are nuances in each state’s laws regarding how assets are divided in divorce. Generally, the property acquired before the marriage remains with the person who originally acquired it. However, any assets acquired during the marriage are subject to division. Therefore, it’s important to consider how you’d like to divide your assets in the event of divorce or the death of one spouse. 

In addition to the financial division of assets, a prenuptial agreement can detail other aspects of marital responsibilities. It can detail how a new spouse will handle money, how they will handle joint bank accounts, and whether or not they’ll share their earnings. Additionally, prenuptial agreements can address the allocation of inherited assets. 

Specified period 

A prenuptial agreement is a document that specifies the financial obligations of the parties to the marriage. It must be written and signed by both parties. It must be entered into voluntarily, and both parties must disclose all their assets and liabilities. The prenuptial agreement must also be fair and reasonable. If a party fails to live up to their obligations, they may be liable for their own attorneys’ fees and costs. 

A prenuptial agreement can also stipulate what happens to an individual’s assets after the marriage. For example, an individual who owns a closely held business may want to waive their spouse’s right to vote or make other decisions regarding the business. Similarly, a partnership might want to waive his or her spouse’s right to the partner’s interest in the business. 

Sunset clause 

A sunset clause in a prenuptial agreement is a simple yet important way to protect your assets in case of divorce. It sets a date after which the prenup will become invalid, usually after a specified amount of years. The sunset clause can be a one-time clause or a phase-out clause that will phase out the prenup over time. 

The sunset clause can begin upon your marriage date or at a specific milestone in the relationship. This is often beneficial for couples who are concerned about the intentions of their future partner. For example, a wealthy man may worry that his wife may marry him purely for financial security. A sunset clause, on the other hand, can help protect both parties by ensuring that they will always be respectful of each other’s wishes. 

Another disadvantage of sunset clauses is that they may be invalid in a divorce. This is particularly true for couples who are not expecting to separate after a certain amount of time. In some cases, couples may think they will be together forever and may not want to include this clause. Unfortunately, many people end up getting divorced after a long time.