The legal team at Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn in Anoka County, Minnesota, are experts in Family and Divorce Law. One important, but sometimes neglected and/or overlooked aspect of Family and Divorce Law is prenuptial agreements. Many people enter marriage with idealized hopes for a perfect relationship. But even the strongest relationships experience times of difficulty and turmoil, and when couples are struck by unexpected problems that lead to divorce, many regret not putting a prenuptial agreement in place prior to their marriage. We want you to know that you can maintain your idealized hopes for your marriage and also be prepared for the possibility of future difficulties in your relationship.
What Does a Prenuptial Agreement Cover?
Prenuptial agreements are contracts agreed to and signed by both parties prior to the date of their getting married. A prenuptial agreement can resolve most issues that might arise in a divorce. Two notable exceptions are child custody and child support. Many couples are hesitant to broach the subject of a prenuptial agreement for fear of introducing doubt about the relationship or changing the nature of the relationship to one that is more contractual than romantic. To many people, prenuptial agreements represent the expectation that their marriages are destined to fail. But there is a different way to think about prenuptial agreements.
Prenuptial Agreement Attorney in Anoka County
At Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn, we consider prenuptial agreements as an effective tool for anticipating a worst-case scenario. Prenuptial, or premarital, agreements protect you and your partner in the (unlikely) event that your marriage does not last. These agreements define the rights and responsibilities of each of you regarding such matters as property division and spousal support in specific detail so that you can avoid costly litigation later, if your marriage does not last as you had hoped.
Even if you and your spouse decide to keep your finances separate, or if one of you pays for a particular asset that is titled to that person, it is still considered marital property and is subject to division through equitable distribution, according to Minnesota law. A prenuptial agreement can help you and your spouse avoid such disputes as a means of preparing for the unexpected.
Beginning your Marriage with a Prenuptial Agreement
As professionals who work with couples very frequently on these and related matters, Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn can state with confidence that it is in your best interest to discuss these matters with each other. By addressing as many possibilities as you can, you increase the likelihood of entering into a marriage with an accurate picture of your future together. Many people are blindsided by the circumstances that lead to their divorcing. But a prenuptial agreement can help you avoid those future difficulties and actually help you achieve the kind of marriage you want with each other.
If you live or work in the Anoka County area, we can help you determine if creating a prenuptial agreement is the right choice for you and your partner. You can reach us by calling (763) 427-5131.