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The hidden family law benefits of a prenuptial agreement

When thinking about broaching the subject of a prenuptial agreement, many in Maryland fear that their significant other will interpret the conversation as a sign that the union is not expected to last. This is an outmoded way of thinking about this family law issue, however, and fails to acknowledge the many benefits that can come from the process of drafting a prenup. When a couple sits down and goes over their expectations, an even stronger bond can be formed, which can increase the chances that the marriage will be a success.

One important topic to cover involves the expectations that both individuals have in regard to their marriage. Some people try to include unreasonable conditions within their prenups, such as limits on how much weight a spouse can gain, the minimum number of sexual encounters, and so on. While this is not a common occurrence, it does happen. Prenuptial agreements based on such unreasonable demands are difficult to enforce in court. More importantly, by having these discussions in advance of getting married, both spouses will have a deeper understanding of what is expected.

Another benefit of drafting a prenup involves the peace of mind that comes with having a legal professional guide the process. Ideally, both partners will have their own counsel, who will look after the interests of their client throughout the process. This means that the final result will be a contract that is fair to everyone. It also means that both individuals will have the provisions held within the document fully explained to them, and will make an informed decision on whether or not to sign on the bottom line.

Couples in Maryland who are considering a prenuptial agreement should look at the matter as a savvy financial planning tool. This is a family law matter that will only be needed in the worst case scenario. For many couples, the protections outlined within a prenup will never need to be called into play, and both spouses can move through the marriage with both happiness and a high level of security.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Prenuptial Agreements for Peace of Mind and Post-Coital Bliss", Tara Fass, Dec. 15, 2014

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