Prenups can be more flexible than many expect

When a Florida couple thinks about their wedding plans, they may be hesitant to consider a prenuptial agreement. Despite the growing popularity of prenups as people marry later in life, many spouses still associate them with negativity. Some believe that prenups mean that a couple is already planning to divorce or that the newlyweds-to-be don't trust one another. However, those negative stereotypes don't have to be true. Prenuptial agreements can actually help both partners protect their interests and make solid plans for the future.

Some people think that a prenup is only necessary if one of the spouses-to-be is independently wealthy or controls a family business. However, a prenuptial agreement can address concerns for people of all income levels. They can deal with debts, real estate ownership or even pets as well as alimony or asset division. These contracts can help people of modest means avoid more costly disputes later. It should be noted that prenups aren't only for divorces. They can also lay the grounds for estate planning, particularly important for blended families.

In addition, many people believe that a prenup is a way for one partner to exclude the other from their earnings. In fact, prenups have to be reasonable for both parties. In order for a prenuptial agreement to be upheld in court, both parties should have lawyers representing their interests. Furthermore, provisions that could hurt a partner, like an agreement that no child support would be due, can be thrown out by a judge.

Developing a prenuptial agreement can also be part of planning for a wedding and a life together. A family law attorney could work with a spouse-to-be to draw up a prenuptial agreement, negotiate with the other spouse's attorney and help come to an agreement that reflects key priorities.

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