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Why prenuptial agreements may be a good idea

While some Georgians may be taken aback when their fiancés tell them that they want prenuptial agreements, there are good reasons for agreeing to at least discuss them. Prenuptial agreements may protect the financial interests of both parties in the event that their marriages end in divorces. They may also serve other important functions so that the parties may have clearer understandings of the expectations that they both have.

Prenuptial agreements help to clarify which property will be considered to be separately held and which will be considered to be marital property. They may also be used to outline what a spouse will stand to inherit if the other spouse dies. Some couples use their prenuptial agreements to outline how they will handle their finances during their marriages.

The process of negotiating while drafting prenuptial agreements can also be very beneficial to the parties. These agreements force couples to talk about their finances in a direct and clear way. The process may also help couples to decide how wealth disparities will be handled and how their assets will be divided in the event they eventually divorce.

When there is a prenuptial agreement in place, handling the property division at the end of a marriage may be much smoother. Unless the agreements are deemed to be invalid, they may be upheld in court and the assets divided accordingly. People who are planning to get married may want to consult with experienced family law attorneys for help with drafting prenuptial agreements. It is important that the agreements be drafted correctly or they may be disregarded during future proceedings. The partners may each want to consult with their respective attorneys to make certain that their rights are protected.

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