It may not sound romantic, but going into a marriage with a prenuptial agreement might be a good choice. A prenuptial agreement is a legal document that determines what happens in the event of a divorce. It can address everything from the property that each person brings into the marriage and it can stipulate that it remains with the person who owned it before the nuptials. This is the reason you will often see prenuptial agreements used by wealthy couples or celebrities. However, prenuptial agreements, or “prenups,” have recently become popular among couples who are neither wealthy nor celebrities.
Avoid These Common Mistakes
If you and your soon-to-be spouse are planning to sign a prenuptial agreement, here are a few common mistakes to avoid:
It’s too awkward to talk about
The idea of a prenuptial is not something you should tiptoe around. If you think signing one is in the best interest of your marriage, then you need to be forthright with your partner and present the idea to them. Having an open dialogue about this topic can be what sets your marriage on a positive path. If you cannot communicate about this topic, this marriage may not be right for you. If it is finances, property, or something precious that you are wanting to protect, you should not allow the awkwardness of the prenuptial conversation to keep you from bringing the topic up to your soon-to-be spouse.
You share the same lawyer
Sharing the same lawyer is never a good idea for the simple fact that the lawyer may favor one partner over the other. While you may think that sharing a lawyer is easier and more cost-effective, it can quickly turn disastrous. Besides, if you go into the negotiation process, you want to feel comfortable and at ease, and you may not be able to feel that way if you’re sharing the same lawyer. The goal of a prenuptial is to reach an agreement that is fair, reasonable, and enforceable, and each partner wants to be represented by someone who makes sure that their best interests are represented.
You’re too emotional
When discussing a prenuptial agreement, you need to be able to enter into the discussion with a level head. This is important because if you allow your emotions to dictate the negotiation process you can end up doing more harm than good. If you’re not able to do that right away, take a day or a week to cool off and then return to the discussion with a new perspective. Emotions will cloud your judgment and keep you from doing what is in your best interest.
Call an Experienced Prenuptial Attorney
There are many other mistakes that can people make when planning a prenuptial agreement, but these are the three most common. At The Law Office Of Ronald Kossack, we have extensive experience in family law. Our Top Rated Local® Law Firm is able to help you and your soon-to-be spouse come to an agreement about your prenuptial agreement. Our family law attorneys are dedicated, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. If you have any questions about prenuptial agreements in Arizona, or are in need of legal advice or representation, please call our Tempe family law firm at today.