Menu ${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
Practice Areas
Let's Get Started!

A prenup does not have to cause negative feelings

As you and your partner prepare for marriage, you probably have a list of things to complete before the big day. Signing a prenuptial agreement may not be on the list. Perhaps this is because you are confident that your marriage will stand the test of time, and you don't want to start your life together by deciding how you will divide your property if you divorce.

These are reasonable arguments, and it is common for engaged couples to resist the idea of a prenup because they don't want to taint the optimism of the moment. However, a prenuptial agreement can actually be a generous gift to your partner because it can provide protection and security against an uncertain future. It can also be a way to broach delicate and vital topics that couples just starting out are reluctant to discuss.

Looking out for each other

The state of Massachusetts already has a plan for dividing your assets if you should get divorced. You may have different ideas about how you would want to split what you own, which assets you are willing to divide and those you will not consider marital property. In addition, there may be special circumstances that make signing a prenup a critical step in your relationship, such as:

  • You have assets your family would like to protect.
  • Your spouse has substantial debt for which you do not want to be responsible, or you want to protect your spouse from your debt.
  • You or your intended have children from a previous relationship, and you want to protect certain assets for them without putting each other through a court battle.
  • You or your partner have a business you want to keep separate from marital assets to avoid having to dissolve the business in a divorce.
  • You simply want to avoid going through a prolonged and contentious divorce if the relationship does not survive.

It is natural to focus on the good things when you are planning something as hopeful as a wedding. You can use that optimism as you draft your prenuptial agreement by making decisions based on your devotion to each other.

If you are nervous about suggesting a prenuptial agreement to your partner, you may assure your intended that the agreement can protect the interests of both of you. With the counsel of individual attorneys, you and your partner can create a prenuptial agreement that is fair, respectful and written with your mutual interests at heart.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Serving businesses and individuals throughout Massachusetts

Braintree Office
25 Braintree Hill Office Park
Suite 406
Braintree, MA 02184

Toll Free: 888-759-5109
Fax: 617-523-5653
Braintree Law Office Map

Cranston Office
200 Midway Road
Suite 159
Cranston, RI 02920

Toll Free: 888-759-5109
Cranston Law Office Map

Hyannis Office
1330 Phinney’s Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601

Toll Free: 888-759-5109
Hyannis Law Office Map

Norwood Office
520 Providence Highway
Suite 10
Norwood, MA 02062

Toll Free: 888-759-5109
Norwood Law Office Map

Waltham Office
375 Totten Pond Road
Suite 200
Waltham, MA 02451

Toll Free: 888-759-5109
Waltham Law Office Map

Westborough Office
276 Turnpike Road
Suite 228
Westborough, MA 01581

Toll Free: 888-759-5109
Westborough Law Office Map

Woburn Office
444 Washington Street
Suite 203
Woburn, MA 01801

Toll Free: 888-759-5109
Woburn Law Office Map

Longmeadow Office
Williams Place
813 Williams Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106

Toll Free: 888-759-5109
Map & Directions