On Good Morning America this morning, they had a story on the growing popularity of prenuptial agreements. They’re no longer just for the rich. I posted this topic on my Facebook account this morning and saw that there is some confusion about what a prenuptial agreement is.
Marriage is actually a legal contract. That’s why a divorce has to be done as a legal event. A prenuptial takes the bare bones legal contract of marriage, and creates a contract that is unique to the needs of each couple. If you both brought a home to the union, or if you have children, or if you want to have children and you will stay home with them, with no income, you can create a contract that deals with all these things. The contract can address EVERY issue you can imagine. And, as time goes by, it can be amended to cover new situations that arise throughout your marriage. You can even put in who will be responsible for walking the dog or what are the consequences if one of you ‘falls off the wagon.’The bottom line is a prenuptial agreement makes you consider the practical side of your lives together, which is always a good idea. In my book, Marriage Makeover and Affair Repair, as well as my upcoming book on pre-marriage planning, I actually take the reader through what should happen prior to ever marriage. That is, to look at the joining of two people in the same way you would the creation of a business. Romance and passion are great but the day-to-day stuff of life are practical, nuts-and-bolts aspects of our lives.
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Prenuptial agreements may not be romantic, but they are smart. I think every couple should have one because it makes them look at the practical side of creating a life together.
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