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No apologist here: family law writer extols prenuptial agreements

| Jul 6, 2021 | prenuptial agreements

“Many couples may never consider a prenuptial agreement.”

That is a candid observation offered by one informed Maryland family law legal source. It is likely an underscoring that doesn’t catch many people by surprise.

Here’s one reason why: Prenuptial agreements (often termed in short form as “prenups”) haven’t exactly had an unblemished past. In fact, those marital contracts were a virtual taboo for legions of marrying couples for generations, and still continue to be regarded skeptically by some partners poised to tie the marital knot.

What one family law author and media contributor refers to as a “visceral reaction” against prenups largely owes to a view – arguably, a flat misconception that has materially eroded over the years in the general public – that they are like poison darts aimed at love.

Critics query this: Who would logically want to raise considerations relevant to a potential marriage failure even before a union has been commenced?

A multi-faceted response spotlighting prenup utility

An ever-growing band of dispassionate family law commentators offers this response to the aforementioned naysayers: Increasing numbers of soon-to-be married couples are embracing the proven utility of prenups in timely raising important financial and other matters pre-marriage. For them, doing so is an important act of candor, faith and proactive planning that is akin to an insurance policy for the future.

Reportedly, and as borne out by myriad studies and surveys, that modified view concerning a previously underappreciated marital tool is solidly gaining traction, and across varied age groups. Prenuptial agreements can make solid sense for couples ranging from young newlyweds to older individuals embarked on second or subsequent marriages and having adult children.

That is certainly the view of above-cited author Erin Lowry. She “loves the concept of prenups,” noting their unique ability to foster agreement and certainty on important matters before a couple gets “to the inevitable trials and tribulations of marriage.”

Can your Maryland marriage benefit from a prenuptial agreement?

Every marriage is based on unique circumstances, of course, and determinations surrounding a prenup will logically differ from case to case.

Individuals seeking further information can reach out in candor and confidence to a proven Maryland family law attorney with demonstrated client advocacy in marital contract matters.