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Prenuptial vs. postnuptial: should you consider both?

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | Family Law

While planning a wedding can be exciting, taking steps to secure your financial future as a couple is equally important. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements outline the division of assets and liabilities in the unfortunate event of a divorce.

Timing is important

The main difference between the two is when you sign the dotted line. A prenup is all about planning and setting up the ground rules for dividing separate assets, such as premarital savings, inheritances, family heirlooms and any existing debts in case of a divorce before you say, “I do.”

Married couples who want to adjust their initial financial framework may opt to have a postnuptial agreement created. The agreement may include sudden inheritance of a specific asset, starting a business together or welcoming children. With a postnuptial agreement, both parties may feel financially secure as their family grows.

Having a financially healthy marriage

Prenup agreements promote open communication between couples. Although uncomfortable, they nurture trust regarding financial goals and debt management. Meanwhile, postnuptial agreements allow couples to adapt to life’s changes. Life is rarely linear, and this transparent communication may strengthen a relationship by establishing a shared financial foundation before and after marriage.

By considering both, couples can approach marriage with financial security and preparedness. These agreements empower couples to plan for a happy and prosperous future while acknowledging the importance of responsible planning for potential contingencies.