Is Your Prenup Really In Your Best Interests?
Before signing a prenuptial agreement, it’s important to review the fine print. In fact, this is a great time to seek the help of a family law attorney. With your attorney, determine that the prenup is in your best interests. At the very least, it should be mutually beneficial for both you and your soon-to-be-spouse. Here are some ways to easily tell when a prenup is not in your best interests.
The Prenup Is Coercive and Lacks Consideration of Your Needs
If a prenuptial agreement appears coercive or does not provide for your needs after a divorce, this can be detrimental. Be careful about signing any prenuptial agreement that doesn’t consider what your needs will be if you divorce in a year, two years, or even 10 or 20 years.
Your Spouse’s Parents are Heavily Invested in the Prenuptial Agreement
Often, the fiance with more assets will have their parents heavily involved in the process of drafting the agreement. This is because they wish to protect family assets. While there’s no harm in weighing in, a family invested in a prenuptial agreement that is overwhelmingly in your spouse’s favor may not consider your best interests.
Your Spouse Emphasizes the “Business Transaction” Aspect of the Prenup
Be wary if your fiance tells you that a prenup is just a “business transaction”. Or if your fiance tries to play down its importance to get you to sign. You should always go over a prenuptial agreement very carefully with your attorney. This determines whether or not the prenup would be beneficial for you to sign.
If your spouse-to-be pressures you to sign or dismisses the prenup as unimportant, think twice about signing it. Have your attorney suggest how to revise it to provide you with some of the things you need in the event of divorce. If your fiance is unwilling to accept any compromises and pressures you to sign, you may want to re-evaluate your engagement.
Call Huntington Beach Divorce Lawyer Barbara E. McNamara Today
To learn more about prenuptial agreements and how to negotiate a prenup that works for both you and your fiance equally, contact our office today at (714) 740-2542.
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