Helping You Prepare For Every Contingency In Marriage

Helping You Prepare for Every Contingency in Marriage

When entering into a marriage, you and your spouse have the best intentions. Unfortunately, you can't predict what the future will bring-whether separation, marital strain, or even death. However, you can plan ahead for certain contingencies through a properly laid out legal document. Most people think of a prenuptial agreement being a divorce backup plan, but they can also help preserve marriages.

A prenuptial agreement allows a couple to clearly dictate their legal claims should a divorce, separation, or even tragic event occur. If such an agreement isn't entered into, the state of Ohio has much more control over general issues through the divorce.

Considering your options? Talk with our Cincinnati prenuptial agreement lawyers today. Call our family law firm today at 513-924-4014!

Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right for Me?

For some people, the thought of discussing the potential end of a marriage before it even begins can seem negative, awkward, and even uncomfortable. The purpose of a prenuptial agreement is much broader than that, however, and the benefits outweigh any discomfort that the couple may experience during the initial process. In fact, a prenup can allow you and your future spouse to start clean and ensure you are both aware of everything you are bringing into a marriage.

  • If you are wondering if a prenup is right for your marriage, ask yourself the following:
  • Have you looked over your future spouse's credit report? You should know about and address any credit issues prior to marriage. After marriage, your finances will likely become commingled, which means a bad credit score you don't know about may affect your ability to purchase things down the road.
  • Does your future spouse have a criminal background? Sharing personal information like this can be uncomfortable, but it is important that you both know what you are getting into with the marriage.
  • Do you own your own business or multiple businesses? If you were to divorce without a prenup in place, part of your business may go to your spouse during property division. You should always protect your personal property you individually earned.
  • Will you be getting / currently have retirement benefits? Under federal law, your spouse is entitled to receive your entire retirement benefit if you were to pass away unless waived in writing. Likewise, they may be eligible for a portion of your benefits.
  • Are you withholding any information from your future spouse? While you may take a "cross that bridge when we come to it" mentality, that doesn't always end well in marriage. Issues will likely come up that should have been addressed prior to marriage. With a prenup, you get the opportunity to discuss these issues and ensure you are starting on the right foot.

Even if you or your spouse is intimidated by the idea of creating a prenuptial agreement, it is important that you review the benefits of creating such a document. Once you both understand the purpose, it may make the process much more seamless. The experienced and understanding team at King, Koligian & Associates, LLC can help you through this process and make it as smooth as possible.

If you are ready to speak with a Cincinnati prenuptial agreement attorney about your situation, call 513-924-4014.