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If you aren't wealthy, do you really need a prenuptial agreement?

Engaged couples spend a lot of time looking ahead — to their wedding days, their lives together and beyond. While they may spend a lot of time thinking about the future, they may also think about protecting their financial interests in the future as well. One of the ways to do this is by drafting a prenuptial agreement.

People often associate a prenuptial agreement with the wealthy, but they are not the only ones who could benefit from this type of protection. Of course, prenuptial agreements are useful for individuals with significant wealth and assets to protect, but they can also protect the interests of people who simply want to have proper preparations in place in case of an unexpected outcome.

What are the benefits of having this agreement?

There are many reasons why people draft these agreements, and not all of them have to do with income level or wealth. One of the most basic reasons that people in Texas turn to this type of legal protection is that it provides security in case the marriage ends. In reality, there are many benefits to this decision, and some of them include the following:

  • It can protect the assets you have in case the marriage ends in divorce.
  • It can allow you to outline your financial responsibilities and rights during your marriage.
  • It may allow you to determine what happens to your assets upon your death.
  • It allows you to avoid a lengthy court battle over property division in the event of a divorce.
  • It protects you against taking an unfair portion of marital debt in the event of a divorce.

It may not seem like a romantic prospect to address what will happen in case your marriage does not end happily, but it could be well worth the effort to do so. If you divorce without a prenuptial agreement, it could lead contentious disputes over money and property, and you may not have control over the final settlement. With a prenuptial agreement, you get to decide what will happen.

Protecting your future with one simple step

As you look forward to your future after the wedding day, you would be wise to consider the benefits of a prenuptial agreement. This simple step will not only help you protect your future, the process of drafting it can foster important conversations between you and your soon-to-be-spouse regarding money, debt and philosophies about money.

If you are unsure where you could benefit from one or want to know more about prenuptial agreements, you could take the first step simply by seeking an explanation of your rights and options.

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