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Immigration policy leads to spike in prenuptial agreements

It is hard for Maryland residents to turn on the TV or read a newspaper without being barraged by facts and opinions concerning the new administration's immigration policies. Regardless of what side one chooses to take regarding matters of immigration, it is beyond doubt that the issue has impacted many living within the nation's borders. When it comes to matters of the heart, immigration policy shifts may have sparked an uptick in the number of prenuptial agreements sought by couples as they prepare to wed.

Many couples who are already engaged are concerned about the immigration status of one partner. While individuals who marry American citizens have a path toward receiving a green card, that process is neither simple nor easy. Concerns about the Trump administration's shifting immigration policy stance has led many couples to hasten the timeline for their marriage.

For those who would also like to include the protections of a prenuptial agreement, that timeline must also be accelerated. This creates a number of potential legal issues. To begin, applicants for green cards will have each and every detail of their marriage closely examined by immigration officials. A prenuptial agreement could be interpreted as a sign that the parties do not expect the marriage to last. Another issue relates to matters of timing; a prenup that appears rushed could later be called into question.

For those in Maryland who are preparing to wed and considering the benefits of prenuptial agreements, it is important to secure legal advice specific to one's particular set of circumstances. For those who are hoping to secure a green card following their marriage, certain precautions should be taken. Concerns of immigration policy changes combined with the stress of planning a wedding can feel overwhelming, and couples facing these unique challenges deserve to have their fears assuaged by solid legal advice.

Source: The Boston Globe, "Immigration fears lead to sped-up wedding-- and prenups", Katie Johnston, April 2, 2017

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