5 Reasons a Prenup Is Right for Anyone
By: Adesewa K. Egunsola, Esq.
- It is insurance. You get medical insurance not because you are sick, but so that in the event that
you get sick you have insurance to help you out during an already stressful period. A prenuptial
agreement (or “prenup”) does not mean that you are expecting your marriage to end or that
you are not in love with your spouse, it just means that you want protection in the event the
unthinkable happens. It is better to have it and not need it, than to not have it and need it later
- It provides full disclosure. The drafting of a prenup forces couples to discuss difficult topics such
as finances, assets, and any debts in detail. The main way to invalidate a prenup is to say there
was not proper disclosure. When getting a prenup drafted your attorney will require you to
share important documents with your soon-to-be betrothed to ensure that you have both fully
disclosed the value and nature of all assets and liabilities, and that you have discussed and
agreed about how to split these things.
- Take the “guesswork” out. In the event you and your spouse do find yourself in a position
where you would like to file for divorce, then the stress of dividing your estate is no longer
there. The divorce process can be stressful, unpredictable, and in some cases contentious. The
prenup can give you security and confidence that a major factor of the divorce is already
handled. Besides, it might be better to decide these emotional topics while things are still
- It can be a wise investment. Getting a divorce can be expensive. There are a host of different
costs and fees that can arise during the process, especially if the marital estate is large and/or if
the parties struggle to reach an agreement on how to split assets, debts, and other property.
Coming together at the beginning to draft this contract can help reduce costs on the back end,
should a divorce occur.
- It is your prerogative. Anyone can get a prenup! It is not just for celebrities, it is for anyone who
wants that safety net. A prenup is just an agreement between you and your spouse that says
how you would like to handle your assets, debts, property, and even spousal support.
Regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, or social class, anyone can get a prenup if they want