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Take the time to make sure you are ready for marriage

This blog often covers posts about what to do when you are getting ready to divorce. While that is important for some people, other people might want to know some ways they can protect themselves if they are getting ready to get married. One of the most important things you can do if you are planning to get married is to make sure that you are actually ready to get married.

For many couples, a premarital agreement is something that should be considered. This could help to prevent financial issues that can creep up during the marriage or during a divorce. It isn't pleasant to think about a possible divorce before you even get married but you must consider what would happen if you did divorce. You don't want to be unprotected and unprepared.

Your finances are an important consideration if you are getting married. You need to decide how the finances are going to be split up. Some couples opt to split everything down the middle. Other couples have one spouse that earns more than the other, so things are split according to that. Knowing how finances are going to be handled is crucial so that you know what to expect.

You should stop and make sure that you are getting married for the right reasons. If you are getting married because you are lonely, pregnant or because of another stressful reason, you might find that you are going into the union with unrealistic expectations.

You should make sure that you have the same views about a family. Discuss having or adopting children with your future spouse. Make sure that you both understand what the other person wants in this area. You should also discuss any other areas of life that you consider important.

If you are engaged, you should think about taking the time to make sure you are prepared for marriage. This can include ensuring you are protecting your interests from a legal perspective in case the marriage doesn't work out.

Source: FindLaw, "Are You Ready for Marriage?," accessed Oct. 21, 2016

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