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Recognizing when you need a post-nuptial agreement

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Family Law

When couples marry, they often have high hopes for their future together. However, life can be unpredictable, and circumstances may change over time. In some cases, couples may find themselves concerned about protecting their interests.

Understanding some common reasons to draft a post-nuptial agreement can help make the decision to implement one a bit easier.

Changes in finances

If either spouse experiences a significant change in financial circumstances during the marriage, it may be a sign that a post-nuptial agreement is necessary. This could include receiving a large inheritance, starting a successful business or accumulating substantial debt. A post-nup can help clarify how to address these assets and liabilities in the event of a divorce.

Unequal contributions

In some marriages, one spouse may contribute more to the relationship in terms of financial resources, career advancement or homemaking duties. If there is a significant disparity in contributions, a post-nuptial agreement can help ensure that both spouses feel financially secure.

Blended families

Couples who enter into a second marriage or who have children from previous relationships may have unique considerations when it comes to financial matters. A post-nup can help clarify asset division to ensure provisions for both spouses’ children in the event of a divorce or death.

Altered relationship dynamics

Over time, couples may experience changes in their relationship dynamics that warrant revisiting their financial arrangements. For example, one spouse may choose to stay home to care for children or aging parents, leading to a shift in financial responsibilities. A post-nuptial agreement can help address these changes while meeting the needs of both spouses.

While discussing a post-nuptial agreement may not be the most romantic topic, it can provide couples with peace of mind and financial security.