Marriage is Like the Hunger Games: So, Get A Pennsylvania Prenup
Little did you know that marriage is actually a small scale Hunger Games. Once you said “I do,” you really should have kissed two fingers in the air and prayed someone would volunteer as tribute for you. Why, you may ask? Well, statistics show that 50% of marriages will end in divorce. 1 in 2. In fact, you have the same chance of getting cancer that you do of getting divorced. So. Marriage literally is the Hunger Games. But, on a more positive note, you can prepare yourself for the impeding doom of divorce. How, you may ask? A prenuptial agreement – aka “the prenup.” With the help of a Pennsylvania Family Law or Pennsylvania Divorce Lawyer, you can ensure you’re ready for anything in the case of divorce.
A prenup is an agreement between spouses made before they are married that serves as an insurance policy – or the nightlock berries, for my Hunger Games fans – that protects and, if necessary, quietly destroys the marriage. The prenup should outline the division of assets and property in the event of divorce. These agreements can also include the amount of alimony or support that either party is entitled to, but according to Pennsylvania law, issues of child support or child custody are not binding in these agreements. Just because you ask your spouse to sign a prenup does not mean that you are assuming you will get a divorce (though, let’s be serious… that’s a safe assumption), it just means you are considering all circumstances that are out of your control.
You may be thinking, “Why would I need a prenup? I’ve never even considered it. Seems unnecessary.” Trust me. If you have children from a previous relationship, have a premarital business or any assets that you acquired prior to marriage, have a desire to decrease your financial liability in the event of divorce, or have an inheritance in your name or expect one in the future, then a prenup is the way to save your assets from District 2… err… I mean… your future ex-spouse.
What if you’re already married and don’t have a prenup? No worries! Postnuptial agreements – aka “the postnup” – are agreements entered into after the marriage has taken place, but before you get divorced. It’s also important to note that the court will not look into the reasonableness of your prenup or postnup – unless the agreement was signed because of duress, misrepresentation, or fraud. So, you can include whatever your heart desires in your agreement. While creating your own prenup or postnup is possible, in order to fully protect your assets and financial interests, an experienced attorney should assist you.
We understand that prenups and postnups can be tricky. But, preparing for the future doesn’t have to be stressful. Allow Darbouze Law Group to assist you through all your family law needs. We’ll be the Katniss to your Peeta.
…okay… no we won’t.
*Our office accepts Pennsylvania family law cases including divorce, equitable distribution, spousal support, alimony pendente lite, alimony, paternity and child support matters, child custody cases, juvenile law cases, and related matters in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Beaver County, Berks County, Butler County, Clearfield County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County (Greensburg).
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