Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Why To Consider One


The Wall Street Journal in an article written by Mary Pilon detailed some of the reasons couples enter into prenuptial agreements.

In the article, I was quoted for having noticed a trend in my practice. In conversations with many of my younger clients, I observed that often they did not want a pre-nuptial agreement to protect assets they had already acquired-often they had yet to acquire anything of value, but instead, to protect their prospective inheritance. In many cases they were being dictated to by their parents and told that they had to obtain a pre-nuptial agreement.

In its most basic form, a pre-nuptial agreements identifies what is marital property, which would be subject to equitable distribution if the parties later divorce, and what is separate property, which would be immune from their spouse’s claims.

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