Sometimes, extended family members or business partners worry that a marriage will impact shared assets. When you’re deeply in love, it can be easy to ignore or downplay the legal consequences that marriage imposes on property rights. But that may not be in your best interests. All marriages end – yes, 100% of them: Some by death, others by divorce.
Premarital agreements (also called Prenuptial Agreements) can reassure business partners and family members that your marriage really is just about your love. They also promote marital bliss by letting you know in advance how your marriage impacts your assets.
Prenuptial agreements are especially important for couples where at least one partner:
- Has property that is owned jointly with other family members or friends,
- Has a business, professional practice, or an athletic contract,
- Has children from a previous marriage, or
- Brings substantial assets into the marriage, especially assets that came from family members.
Our customized a premarital agreements often include terms that change over time. What feels fair after 20 years of marriage may be very different from what feels fair after just a few years.
There are two common types of post-nuptial agreements: premarital amendments and post-marital reconciliation agreements.
- Premarital Amendments. If the prenup you signed before marriage feels inappropriate now, it may be time to amend the document. Indiana law allows Premarital Agreements to be modified if the correct legal procedures are followed.
- Post-Nuptial Reconciliation Agreements. When financial differences threaten an existing marriage, a Post-Nuptial Reconciliation Agreement can give each spouse the security needed to forge ahead and repair the relationship.
How We Help
First, we find out what you want to protect. Then we explore various ways to obtain that protection. If you decide you need a prenup, we will draft a legal document that is customized to your situation.
If your fiancé has asked you to sign a prenup, we can analyze the document and explain what you are forfeiting. That can give you the opportunity to negotiate for equitable terms that protect what is most important to you.