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Can a prenuptial agreement save a marriage?

When it comes to prenuptial agreements and the support for or against them, it is pretty much an even split. Some people, particularly those that enter a relationship with substantial assets, may support the use of prenuptial agreements as protection for their financial wellness. Individuals that have experienced an unfavorable outcome as the result of a poorly drafted prenuptial agreement may feel quite differently about their effectiveness.

Regardless of the popular vote, the fact still remains that a prenuptial agreement can actually help alleviate stress on a couple and in turn, save a marriage. Now, obviously there are some limitations to the healing power of a prenuptial agreement. For instance, a marriage that is irrevocably broken due to issues unrelated to those typically covered in a prenuptial agreement will probably stay broken regardless of a marital contract. However, as money and finances still remain one of the most argued over issues in marriage, a well-drafted and fair prenuptial agreement can actually do quite a bit of good.

When considering a prenuptial agreement and questioning their effectiveness, couples may benefit by taking a look at their relationship first. If money, finances and property are addressed before marriage and thus removed from the list of potential arguments, what is there left to argue about? There will certainly be minor arguments along the way, but if the major concerns are taken off the table, spouses may be better able to deal with the minor ones.

Entering into a prenuptial agreement is a major decision and should not be made without first speaking to an attorney. Prenuptial agreements are not for everyone and cannot preemptively fix every marital issue. However, a well drafted prenuptial agreement may be able to address a couple major financial concerns and proactively alleviate the stress related to them.

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