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How prenuptial agreements are beneficial in Massachusetts

While many people think signing a prenuptial agreement means that they are planning for their marriages to fail, that is not necessarily the case. Prenuptial agreements can be very helpful, affording protections to both spouses down the road. When writing them, people are also able to frankly discuss how they see their roles and what there expectations are, helping to avoid arguments later on.

Prenuptial agreements can be important for spouses who make significantly less money than their partners. If one spouse will devote more time to raising children, they could use a prenuptial agreement to agree that they will be entitled to spousal support from the other due to that contribution.

People may also outline agreements regarding the debts they individually bring into their marriages, allowing the prenuptial agreement regarding those debts to prevent the court's forcing the other spouse to pay them in the event of marital breakdown. Prenuptial agreements do not have to simply provide that a wealthier spouse keep more of their assets in a divorce. Instead, they can be tailored to include all sorts of different agreements particularized to a specific couple's needs.

As a prenuptial agreement may be ignored by a judge if it contains illegal or unconscionable provisions, most people who are considering them may benefit by seeking the help of a family law attorney. An attorney may be able to draft a legally sound prenuptial agreement on their client's behalf. If a person has been presented with a prenuptial agreement from their fiance, they may also want to seek a family law attorney to review it. The attorney may be able to help determine if the proposed agreement will be in derogation of their client's rights, then negotiating with the other party about proposed changes to it.

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