Prenuptial Agreements: Things to Consider

Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 10:47 pm

Prenuptial agreements can be awkward to talk about and are usually something couples don’t think they need to address before a wedding. When making the plans for your upcoming nuptials, the last thing you probably want to consider is the possibility of breaking up.

But there are a few important things you will want to consider when creating your prenup, and it may not be the first things that come to mind. Here are five things you shouldn’t forget when creating your prenup.

1. Pet Custody
Claiming pet custody in your prenup can prevent arguments from occurring down the road. If you and your spouse-to-be have pets, lay out where they will live if the relationship doesn’t work out. This can be an especially good idea if one of you were the owner of the pet beforehand and expect to retain custody in the future.

2. Drug Testing
If your future spouse has had a problem with drugs or alcohol, you can include a drug testing clause in your prenup. If the spouse fails a drug test, the prenup could be voided or they may be fined. Your prenup can also designate an amount of time that the individual should be tested, such as once a week, once a month, or once a year.

3. Dates and Vacations
Some individuals choose to create a contract that allocates how much time should be spent on vacations or going on dates. If you believe that spending time as a couple or getting to enjoy family time away from home may be a problem, create a prenup that designates weekly dates, yearly vacations, or whatever works with your schedule.

4. Debt Allocation
If you’re marrying someone that carries a lot of student loan debt or credit card debt, you may want to consider creating a prenup that designates the debt to your spouse. This can protect you from needing to pay their debt if you divorce.

5. Social Media
In a time where everyone shares everything online, social media is another area where you may want to consider a prenup. Writing about social media in your prenup allows you to lay a foundation for what can be posted online and what should stay private.

Prenups can be designed to accommodate whatever is important to you. If you want a contract stating how time should be spent, what activities are off limits, or to just protect yourself in the event of a divorce, talk to a divorce attorney in New York about creating a prenup that fits your needs.

FK Law Group, PC has been helping Queens individuals prepare prenups or file for divorce for years. Contact our office at 800-631-1757 to talk to an expert about how we can work with you.

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