Need a prenuptial agreement? You have come to the right place. A prenuptial agreement also called a premarital agreement or premarital contract is just that: a contract that you make with a lawyer before you get married. It allows a couple to decide what will become property of the marriage and what will remain separate. If you have children from a previous relationship before getting married, prenups can help you figure out custody issues beforehand. Some reasons we also recommend prenups: if one spouse brings much greater money and property into the marriage; if a spouse gives up a high-paying job to stay home with the kids or to move; if one spouse is part of a family business; and if you have different investment and retirement goals. Rest assured, prenups are not just for those who have lots of money. Since money can be a big reason people get divorced, talking through money issues beforehand can help prevent fights later on.
We also create postnuptial agreements, after a couple has been married.
Why Committed Couples Draft Prenuptial Agreements
For a long time, prenuptial agreements were stigmatized as legal tools only utilized by the rich to guard their money in the event of a predictable divorce. Thankfully, times have changed. While it is true that many couples use prenuptial agreements to safeguard property and assets in the event of a divorce (and there is certainly nothing wrong with being proactive in this way if you have valuable assets that need protecting!), most couples now use the process of drafting prenuptial agreements to cement expectations for their financial future in a legally enforceable way.
All too often, couples – madly in love and preoccupied with said affection – don’t give too much thought to the legal and financial obligations that they are assuming when they choose to wed. Drafting a prenuptial agreement, much like premarital counseling, gives a couple the opportunity to have tough discussions about money, assets, and expectations in ways that help to ensure that the couple’s marriage is sufficiently grounded before it even occurs. It can be a nasty shock when, after you’ve been married to someone for a few months, you learn that they have atrocious spending habits and no boundaries when it comes to social media. Navigating the process of drafting prenuptial agreements in Gig Harbor, WA before you say “I do” will help to ensure that you and your partner are “on the same page” when it comes to important issues. Taking this step proactively can help to ensure that you prevent certain tensions from spoiling your happiness down the road.
Why Committed Couples Draft Postnuptial Agreements
Sometimes, it makes sense to either set or reset expectations after a wedding has already taken place. Thankfully, the benefits and opportunities afforded by the prenuptial process extend to the postnuptial process as well. Therefore, if you are already married but could benefit from setting out expectations in a legally enforceable way, our dedicated team can help you by drafting a postnuptial agreement that suits your needs and interests.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you are interested in exploring the opportunities afforded by postnuptial or prenuptial agreements in Gig Harbor, WA, please connect with the experienced Washington family lawyers at Robinson & Hadeed today. Whether you are engaged or already married, we can answer any questions that you may have about these legal tools and can walk you through the process of drafting an agreement that suits your needs. There are solid reasons why more and more committed couples (including a surprising number of young adults) are choosing to utilize the process of drafting prenuptial agreements and/or postnuptial agreements to better ensure that their relationships are solidly grounded. Please allow our team to explore whether a Gig Harbor, WA prenuptial agreement or postnuptial agreement may serve your relationship similarly. We look forward to speaking with you.