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What are the benefits of a prenuptial agreement?

If you are closing in on your wedding day, it may be time to think twice about the benefits of a prenuptial agreement. This isn't something that every couple should consider, but you definitely need to learn more about the pros and cons. By doing so, you will quickly understand what you should and should not be doing.

Generally speaking, the primary benefit of a prenuptial agreement is that both parties can protect the assets they bring into a marriage. This way, if a divorce happens, these assets are not subject to property division.

Other benefits of a prenuptial agreement include:

-- The ability to protect your business or professional interests in the event of a divorce.

-- A way to keep debt separate, especially if one spouse is entering the marriage with much more than the other.

-- It can limit the amount of alimony that one party pays the other.

-- It can address more than financial concerns, focusing on things such as responsibility sharing.

Once you understand the top benefits of a prenuptial agreement, you can review your situation to determine if it makes sense for you and your soon to be spouse.

This can be a touchy subject, so make sure you lay out all the information for your partner. Furthermore, it's important to explain that a prenuptial agreement is something that benefits both sides, not just the person who presents the idea.

Since there are so many details to consider, a prenuptial agreement is not something to draw up on your own. It's best for you and your partner to consult with an attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "Pros and Cons: Premarital Agreements ("Prenuptials")," accessed Sep. 07, 2016

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