On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Planning a wedding can be both stressful and exciting, and as the big day approaches, couples try to make sure everything is in order so that the ceremony can go off without a hitch. The ceremony is just the first step in what will hopefully be a long and happy marriage, and Missouri couples may want to do some preparation for the long haul. One way to prevent future marriage trouble is to have a prenuptial agreement in place before a couple says “I do.”

Though recent trends suggest that millennials are utilizing prenuptial agreements in a higher percentage than previous generations, people may not be fully informed of the benefits of these agreements, often referred to as prenups. Most people know that a prenup is a legally binding document that provides stipulations for what happens to certain assets like money or property in the event of divorce. That is really only one possible aspect of a prenup, and at least a quarter of recently divorced people admit they wish they had known more and looked into one before tying the knot.

A prenup can include arrangements for things like how or where any children born of a marriage will be raised. It can also provide rules for where any necessary legal action like divorce or child custody will take place. Since laws about child support and alimony vary widely from state to state, agreeing on such things ahead of time can allow both spouses to properly plan for the future and familiarize themselves with local laws. 

A person interested in learning more about a prenuptial agreement in Missouri need only reach out to an attorney with experience in family law. An attorney can help a client determine what topics a couple may want to specifically include in a prenup. Once the agreement is finalized, a couple can look forward to the big day knowing their marriage is protected by a sound legal document.