When Should You Get a Prenuptial Agreement?

As the saying goes, there’s no time like the present. If you’re getting married, and you’d like to have a prenuptial agreement in place before the big day, get started now.

Marriage is not only a public statement of a couple’s emotional commitment, but a powerful legal and economic relationship. At CT Mediation Center, we believe prenuptial agreements are a tool for money management and financial planning—not a blueprint for divorce. This is Part 5 in a series on Prenuptial Agreements.

When should you get a prenuptial agreement?

Most people think prenuptial agreements are only for couples where one person has a lot of money and property they want to protect. However, prenuptial agreements are also useful estate planning tools for people who have children from a previous marriage who they want to inherit the assets.

As the saying goes, there’s no time like the present. If you’re getting married, and you’d like to have a prenuptial agreement in place before the big day, get started now.

A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract. It needs to be carefully researched, written, and discussed. This takes time, likely longer than you think. Around the time you start booking the reception hall, start looking for qualified legal counsel, like a lawyer at CT Mediation Center.

In a perfect world, your prenuptial agreement should be signed and filed four to six months before you tie the knot. That proves to the court that both of you entered in the contract willingly, with proper forethought. Wait until the last minute and you might have trouble. A mad-dash prenuptial agreement might not be enforceable, so take the time and do it right.

It’s stressful. While a prenuptial agreement is an excellent financial planning tool, it can still be a difficult conversation to have. Get it done early, so you can focus on the joy of planning your happily ever after.

If you would like to talk to a lawyer about when you should get a prenuptial agreement, call our offices today at (860)986-1141.


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To learn more about how divorce mediation can help your case, contact any of our Divorce Attorney Mediators or Certified Divorce Financial Analysts at CT Divorce Mediation Centers. Divorce and Family Mediation and Collaborative Law are all we do. We have offices in Madison, New Haven, Cheshire, West Hartford, Glastonbury, West Hartford, and Windsor, CT. To find out more information or to schedule a consultation with our divorce experts, call us at (860) 986-1141.

DISCLAIMER:This publication is not meant to constitute legal, accounting, financial, investment advisory, or other professional advice. If legal, financial, investment advisory or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person such as CT Divorce Mediation center, should be sought.

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