Prior to getting married, most Maryland couples and others around the country have countless issues to discuss. Not only do they have to decide every detail of their wedding ceremonies, they also often ponder what their lives will be after they tie the knot. More and more couples are also adding prenuptial agreements into the mix of topics prior to the wedding date. Over half the matrimonial lawyers in a recent survey stated that they had witnessed an increase in couples requesting prenups.
While the reasons for couples seeking prenuptial agreements vary, many cite the need to protect the finances that they are bringing to the marriage. Some individuals have already amassed an amount of savings, property or business interests and want to safeguard those in the event of a divorce down the line. Others may have inheritances or family heirlooms that they do not wish to see divided in a property division decision by a court.
Another trend for prenups is the inclusion of clauses that aren’t specifically related to property. For example, some couples state that they will seek marital counseling or therapy before filing for a divorce. There can also be directives about infidelity or other lifestyle choices. However, according to some divorce mediators, these “soft” clauses may be harder to enforce.
For those interested in developing prenuptial agreements prior to marriage, contact a Maryland divorce lawyer for guidance. Even if someone has been previously married, a postnuptial agreement can provide the same type of protection. An experienced attorney can help clients address their specific needs and put the right marital agreement in place for them.