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Should I get a prenuptial agreement?

Let's say you're 35 years old and you have a thriving medical practice. Up until now, you've been a bachelor or bachelorette, but now you're planning to get married. You know that not all marriages end in the fairy tale "to death do us part" scenario, so you're wondering if a prenuptial agreement could be right for you.

A prenuptial agreement would protect your business interests. It would also make your divorce happen a lot smoother, faster and more cost effective if a divorce should ever be required.

What are the benefits of drafting a prenup before marriage?

If you talk to nearly any North Carolina divorce lawyer, he or she will give you a long list of benefits that come with signing a prenuptial agreement before marriage. In fact, many of these advantages offer significant help to anyone entering marriage -- even couples who are just starting out and don't have a lot of financial wealth.

Let's take a look at some of the most important benefits here:

-- The prenup will document each spouse's separate property to protect it during a divorce.

-- The prenup can offer support to your estate plan so that your family doesn't require court involvement during property distribution.

-- The prenup will formally document all special arrangements that you and your spouse make together.

-- The prenup will help you bypass expensive court processes in the event of a divorce.

-- Since you will have already decided the most important aspects of divorce, you will reduce the potential for conflict should you and your spouse decide to dissolve your marriage.

-- You can also protect yourself from acquiring the debts of your spouse in the event of a divorce.

A lawyer can help you with your prenup plans

You might be afraid to bring up the idea of a prenuptial agreement with your soon-to-be spouse. However, a skilled family law attorney can help you with strategies on how to address these issues with your fiance.

North Carolina spouses may also want to keep in mind that discussing the matters involved in a prenuptial agreement can bring you and your spouse closer together. Getting clear about finances and how you plan to structure your marriage and partnership during the years to come can provide a stable and more durable basis for your marital union.