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Family law: Is a prenup a recipe for a happy marriage?

Prenuptial agreements don't have the stigma attached to them that they used to have. In fact, these contracts, which are under the family law umbrella in Connecticut, can actually serve to make a marriage happier. All couples who tie the knot believe that they have found their lifelong partners. That's not always the case, however, so a prenuptial agreement is a safeguard for the "what if it doesn't work out" of marriage and doesn't have to be a romance wrecker. 

These documents are even more necessary when the couple is getting hitched for the second or more time and important when children are a part of the relationship. In most instances, a prenuptial agreement protects the assets of each person prior to them entering into marriage. And if one partner stands to lose more in the event of a divorce, a prenup can offer certain protections.

A prenuptial agreement can be used in conjunction with a trust, which could protect these assets even further by keeping them from becoming marital property that is likely to be divided upon divorce. Children's financial interests can also be written into a prenuptial agreement and is highly advised when there is a high net worth of assets. It can ensure that children still receive the assets intended for them.

There are many family law rules regarding prenuptial agreements with which Connecticut residents may be unfamiliar. A lawyer can bring clarity to the picture and show how such an agreement can benefit a marriage rather than be a detriment to it. When a couple understands the rationale behind such a document each partner may feel more positively about the financial aspects of the marriage.


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