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Prenuptial agreement basics for Michigan couples

In the past, prenuptial agreements have often been considered a tool only for very rich persons. Other residents in Michigan may have viewed such contracts as negative and a means of planning for divorce. Today's reality, however, is different and many people are understanding more about the benefits of identifying any potential property division, business division or other agreements before entering into a marriage. The ability to make such determinations together gives some couples renewed confidence.

Even with such new approaches, some people can find it difficult to request a prenuptial agreement. A news article recently discussed some tips that engaged persons may find helpful in moving toward the creation of a prenup. One suggestion by the author is to be fully clear with the proposed spouse as to the reason for the request. Many people, for example, getting married with children from a prior marriage can view a prenuptial agreement as a way to ensure care for those children.

A willingness to negotiate with your partner can also be important in the process of making a prenup. Negotiation is part of marriage and learning how to do that when making such an agreement can only help the process. Hiring separate attorneys for each spouse-to-be is also critical as it is the only way to ensure both parties are equally represented.

An initial consultation with an attorney may be a good way to help you and your future spouse to learn more about prenuptial agreements and if they are right for you.

Source: Huffington Post, "How to Request a Pre-Nup and Still Get Married," Daniel Clement, January 24, 2014

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