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Postnups: can a piece of paper save your marriage?

It's a common scenario: you and your wife or husband got married when you were young and had nothing. You both may have been a little naive about what marriage actually entailed. Then, five, 10, 15 years down the road, you find yourselves fighting constantly over finances. Maybe one spouse spends too much while the other wants a stable financial life. Perhaps one believes in racking up debt and the other doesn't. These arguments can absolutely tear a marriage apart, but before throwing in the towel to get a divorce, there's one other thing you can try.

You might think that once you've been married, it's too late to get a prenuptial agreement and you'd be right. However, you can still get a postnuptial agreement. And, even though a postnup or mediated agreement deals with what happens in the event of a divorce, it can actually save a marriage if that is the goal.

Consider the following scenario: the wife starts a business and ends up hopelessly in debt. The husband feels burdened by it and they fight. A postnuptial could separate the debts to be only in the wife's name, thus relieving the husband of the responsibility. Or, let's say one partner wanted a new house or car and there was a disagreement over it. In the end, both partners split responsibility, even though one was opposed. A postnuptial could transfer the house or car into one partner's name and alleviate fights.

The Law Offices of Victoria S. Linder, PC have a wealth of experience in drafting postnuptial agreements. Our Marital Registration Agreements page provides more info.

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