If you are getting married, chances are you are dealing with a lot of opinions from family, friends and even wedding vendors. People want to tell you what you should wear, where you should have the reception, and even what you should register for.
However, when it comes to the legal aspects of your marriage, like protecting assets with a prenuptial agreement, it is crucial that you weigh outside influences carefully. This is critical for at least a few reasons we examine below.
One of the basic elements of a prenuptial agreement, or any legal contract for that matter, is that the parties enter into it voluntarily. If there are concerns about undue influence, coercion or intimidation that affected the signing of the document, then a court may deem the agreement invalid.
Determining what is in your best interests
Your family or friends may think they know what's best for you, and they may be earnest in their efforts to sway you in a particular direction. However, ultimately, you are the one who will be affected by a prenup you do or do not have. Because of this, it is imperative that you consider the merits of a prenup based on how and if it specifically protects your best interests.
Protecting your relationships
A prenuptial agreement can address and protect relationships with your family, your soon-to-be spouse and/or your business partners, and outside parties may not necessarily appreciate or agree with the way you prioritize these relationships. With this in mind, remember that while others may offer opinions or suggestions, you are entitled to make your own decisions regarding how to manage your relationships in the context of your marriage.
Talking to an attorney
Understand that there is a difference between the opinions and suggestions of family and friends and the advice of an attorney. A legal representative experienced in drafting prenuptial agreements and navigating the challenges of property division in a divorce has specific knowledge to help you understand your rights and make informed decisions.
With legal guidance, you can draft a valid prenuptial agreement that aligns with your priorities and protects the people and property that is most important to you.