Why Prenuptial Agreements Get a Bad Rap
Do you have a prenup?
Are you getting a prenup?
Have you thought about getting a prenuptial agreement?
If you are engaged to be married, you will likely be faced with some form of prenuptial agreement-related questions.
Unfortunately, the discussion can often turn negative. Why is that? Why would a legal agreement that protects the rights and assets of those who agree to it be viewed in a negative light? Why would a prenuptial agreement get a bad rap?
It is Traditionally Viewed as for the Rich
One of the reasons prenup agreements have a negative reputation is that they have been viewed as an unnecessary exercise used only by the rich. This gives the impression that prenuptial agreements are a luxury or somehow “snooty”. Thank goodness more couples are discovering that a prenuptial agreement is practical and makes common sense.
Some View A Prenup as Bad Luck
Believe it or not, some people, mostly older relatives, may consider a prenuptial agreement as manifesting some form of bad luck. That’s like saying car insurance results in accidents or life insurance in death. It is nonsense and there is absolutely no research to back up this superstition. In reality, a prenup agreement can set a solid foundation for a relationship and establishes financial transparency.
A Prenup is a Form of Manipulation
Prenups still carry the stigma of perhaps being unfair or a form of manipulation. In reality, a well-crafted prenuptial agreement should be ultimately fair and mutually acceptable. To help ensure our prenups are created in a no-pressure atmosphere, our policy is to attempt to have our prenups signed at least 30 days prior to marriage.
Prenuptial Agreements Aren’t Necessary if You are in Love
You should understand that, first and foremost, marriage is a legal arrangement. It is why you need a license. A prenup is just another step to reinforce that legal agreement. Some believe that a prenup demonstrates a lack of trust or love. It does not. It is why more and more young couples, especially, are opting for prenuptial agreements.
There is no question that prenuptial agreements have gotten a bad rap. They can be viewed as being only for the rich and unnecessary. They are still viewed by some as bad luck. Some may feel they demonstrate a lack of trust or love.
The next time the question of a prenup comes up, perhaps the response should be “Of course, we love each other that much” or “Certainly, we view it as a practical and common sense decision.”
A prenuptial agreement as well as a postnuptial agreement have come a long way, but there are still misperceptions. Contact us with your questions and a no-obligation initial consultation. We look forward to assisting you.
If you have questions about a prenup agreement or a postnup agreement or require legal assistance in other areas of Family Law in Tampa, Florida such as high asset divorce you may always contact Damien McKinney of The McKinney Law Group to discuss your case further. He can be reached by phone at 813-428-3400 or by e-mail at [email protected].
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