When you’re in wedding planning mode, divorce is the last thing on your mind. And rightfully so! However, if you and your future spouse are having conversations about a prenuptial agreement, you might have some negative feelings.
It can be easy to assume your significant other is doubting your relationship if they bring up the idea of a prenuptial agreement. Still, the reality is that many couples get divorced, and divorce always includes some kind of property distribution. So, it’s smart to have an open and honest discussion about prenuptial agreements in Ohio so you can make the best decision for your future.
What is a Prenuptial Agreement?
A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into prior to marriage. This contract outlines how the couple’s finances will be governed throughout the marriage and how property will be divided in the unfortunate event it ends in divorce.
In Ohio, prenups are legally binding as soon as the marriage is finalized and both parties have signed the contract. In Ohio, there are no codified laws that govern prenuptial agreements.
Most prenuptial agreements outline the following:
- Property rights and division
- Spousal support obligations
- Life insurance policy benefits
- Child support
Are Couples With Prenups More Likely to Divorce?
If you search on the internet, “will signing a prenup make me more likely to divorce,” you’ll more than likely find support for any argument. Ultimately, you have to take this information at face value – as it’s often just one person’s opinion on the matter rather than factual statistics.
In most cases, how you and your future spouse view your prenuptial agreement, your marriage, and your potential divorce can play a bigger role in the success of your marriage than the contract itself.
If you enter your marriage with doubts because your partner asked for a prenuptial agreement, you’ll probably always carry those doubts with you. If you view the contract as a safety precaution for both you and your spouse, then it’s unlikely the contract will play any role in the success or breakdown of your marriage.
Should You Consider a Prenuptial Agreement?
By working with a qualified family law attorney in Ohio, you can educate yourself about all the legal changes that come with marriage. In understanding the laws and discussing the division of property now, you and your future spouse can make an informed decision about whether or not a prenuptial agreement makes sense for your marriage.
In the event of divorce, having a prenuptial agreement in place will save you time, money, and frustration by eliminating the need to have the court work through your assets and distribute your property for you. Instead of having to think rationally during an emotionally draining time in your life, you can rest assured you, and your spouse are both protected.
Navigating Prenuptial Agreements in Ohio
Don’t let a prenuptial agreement put a damper on wedding planning. Work with the Law Offices of Kenneth R. Kline LLC to create guidelines for the distribution of your assets upon death or divorce. Set up a consultation with our office and learn more about the benefits of a prenuptial agreement in Ohio.