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A postnuptial agreement may create balance in a relationship

For couples in Michigan who find their marriage on shaky ground because of a lack of trust or other issues, a postnuptial agreement may be a way to restore balance to the relationship. For example, according to Forbes magazine, these legal documents can include a clause that defines some financial penalties if one spouse cheats

A person whose spouse has strayed must evaluate how future trust issues will affect his or her ability to remain with the cheating spouse. A clause requiring a significant amount of alimony or a lump sum award may eliminate the worry that a casual encounter with someone else could be a temptation. Alternately, if the spouse with fewer financial resources is the one who has had a relationship outside the marriage, the clause could define the penalty as a decrease or waiver of alimony or award if he or she cheats again.

As ABCNewsGo.com points out, infidelity is far from the only circumstance where postnuptial agreements may restore some balance to a relationship. For example, one spouse may be concerned that leaving the workforce to take care of children full time could affect his or her ability to self-support in the long-term. Creating a financial agreement that the other spouse will always be a provider, regardless of the state of the marriage, may help both spouses to feel more committed to the decision.

Debt can be a strain on a relationship, as well. If one spouse is about to get a large loan, such as to purchase a business or go to school, the other spouse may not be on board with this decision. An agreement that he or she will not be saddled with the debt may allow the other's plans to move forward without strife.

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