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Prenups can ease conflict should divorce occur

Prenuptial agreements are not exactly the most romantic subject a couple planning a wedding may broach in California or elsewhere around the country. Discussing how to divide property should a divorce occur is simply not met with the same enthusiasm as choosing the color of the bridesmaids' dresses or picking a honeymoon destination. However, developing a prenup may actually foster better communication in a relationship if handled properly.

Relationship experts advise couples to discuss a prenuptial agreement as early as possible. If the communication takes place long before the wedding day, it is easier to leave emotions out of the equation. Certainly, the agreement should be viewed as beneficial for both partners. It is critical to have professionals who understand marital agreements working with the couple. The right advocate will look out for a client's best interest, yet respect that he or she is also entering a relationship that should be acknowledged.

An effective prenup will address what is important to each party. Provisions are often included that protect one spouse's business interests while offering the other an equivalent concession. Finally, be open about sharing the ongoing iterations of the agreements. Being involved throughout the entire process is helpful in getting the document finalized.

Going through a divorce can be a traumatic experience, particularly when addressing division of assets. Having a prenuptial agreement in place can be very effective in minimizing conflict between the parting spouses. A California divorce lawyer can help develop a prenup prior to a wedding or a post-nuptial agreement should a couple already be married.

Source: thisisinsider.com, "How to strengthen your marriage with a prenup", Alyssa Rower, May 9, 2018

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