Getting married is a major life event. Though many couples do not stay married for the rest of their lives, many Massachusetts residents do have that intention when they tie the knot. Still, because divorce is a possibility, considering prenuptial agreements is not a bad idea.

Of course, it is important that both parties involved understand and agree to the terms of a prenup. While an ideal situation would involve a discussion of using this agreement and moving forward from there, that is not always how it gets brought up. In some scenarios, one party may already have a prenup drafted and simply present it to the other party. While this is certainly one way to go about it, it is important to remember that the person receiving the document is not obligated to sign it as is.

The document should be assessed to determine whether any terms seem inappropriate. For instance, if one party wants the other to give up a claim to spousal support in the event of divorce, that may not be an agreeable term. Fortunately, negotiations can take place to reach an agreement that benefits both parties.

Though the idea of prenuptial agreements may not seem romantic or may even seem offensive or insulting, they can be useful for everyone involved in an upcoming marriage. Creating this agreement does not mean that it will certainly be put to use, but there is no harm in having the protection in place just in case. If Massachusetts residents are interested in this type of document, they may want to discuss their legal options with professionals.