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Use a premarital agreement to your advantage

There is nothing more exciting than finding a person you want to spend the rest of your life with.

While you hope that you will remain married until the day you pass on, there's something you need to know: Time has a way of changing things. This could result in a divorce at some point in the future.

Since you want to protect yourself in the event of a divorce, it's never a bad idea to consider a premarital agreement.

If you want to get a premarital agreement, make sure you discuss this with your partner as soon as possible. This isn't something that you bring up a few days before the wedding. Instead, you need to work through the finer details well in advance.

Although you will benefit from a premarital agreement, make it clear to your partner that he or she can do the same. This is not a one-sided agreement.

Here are some of the many ways you can use a premarital agreement to your advantage:

  • To protect the inheritance rights of children from a past marriage
  • To protect your ownership of a business or professional practice
  • To ensure that you don't take on the debt that your spouse brings into the marriage
  • To limit the amount of alimony that one spouse would pay to the other in the event of a divorce
  • To protect assets that you bring into the marriage, such as an inheritance or home

The details that you outline in your premarital agreement may not be the same as the next person. This document can be customized to ensure that it suits the wants and needs of you and your soon to be spouse.

If you believe that a premarital agreement would be in your best interest, discuss the pros and cons with your spouse. Once you are on the same page, talk about the things that you need to include and the best ways to create the agreement.

Once you work through this detail, you can then leave it in the past and hope that it never comes into play.

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