After a couple gets married, they will likely work out a way to combine their budgets, bank accounts, debts and personal belongings. Some couples may realize after tying the knot that protecting the assets they entered the marriage with would be a smart idea. Postnuptial agreements can be valuable way for these couples to ensure they are guaranteed ownership of certain items regardless of the marriage's future.
Prenuptial agreements commonly receive attention; postnuptial agreements can also effectively protect one's assets. One couple who married recently decided to sign a postnuptial agreement, also called a marital contract. Both spouses have divorced previously and understand the challenges that can arise while dividing property during a divorce.
Postnuptial agreements offer couples the opportunity to create a unique arrangement for property division. The couple mentioned above explained that they chose a simple option. If they divorce, each spouse will keep only what he or she had when they entered the marriage.
For other couples the process of creating a postnuptial agreement might be more complicated. One expert recommends putting everything out in the open when creating the agreement. If both spouses know all details of each other's finances, they can create an agreement that will be clear to everyone if the marriage ends. Also, according to one report, if all finances are not revealed in the postnuptial agreement, the agreement could be invalid if the couple divorces.
When creating an arrangement that may influence one's financial future, ensuring a clear agreement is made is important. Creating a postnuptial agreement with the help of a family law attorney may eliminate some stress of disagreements over property and assets in the event of a divorce.
Source: KABC-TV, "Postnuptial agreements becoming more common, signed after couples get married," Ric Romero, Aug. 29, 2012