Before the priest, you might have to see a lawyer. Fiances and fiancees, take notes. The question has been popped and your Facebook statuses may have already been changed to read “engaged.” But aside from the proposal is one other decision that you will have to make: to have a prenuptial agreement or not, and if yes, what contents should it have.
In 2015, United States news company, NBC Universal, reported that in a span of 20 years, there has been an exponential increase of couples undergoing prenuptial agreements prior to marriage; which means that many couples have already recognized that going through the legalities of a prenuptial agreement helps for a secure marriage.
Take these Sample Forms as your reference to give you ideas about how you want your prenuptial agreement—or “prenup”—drafted.
Sample Blank Prenuptial Agreement Form
Legal Prenuptial Agreement Form in PDF
Standard Prenuptial Agreement Form
Prenuptial and Spousal Settlement Agreement Form
Sample Prenuptial Agreement Form
How to Make a Prenuptial Agreement
Throughout the entire creation of your prenup, consult with your legal counsel. Your lawyer has to be present at every step in the process. Use these samples as your guide to the contents, but always make it specific to you and your partner and with the guidance of an attorney. See these Prenuptial Agreement Samples for reference.
Why Make a Prenuptial Agreement
Noted financial adviser, Suze Orman, once wrote that prenups are “unromantic, but important.” Sure, there wasn’t a prenup-drafting scene in The Notebook, or in any romantic film to wit. And if you are a romantic at heart that finds the concept of a prenup dreadful or even offensive, think of it this way: going through the practicalities of a prenuptial agreement helps keep the romance in the long run. It pronounces and clarifies details before a marriage, in an effort to avoid later confusion and conflict.
Much practically, celebrity divorce attorney Robert Wallack defines it this way: “a prenup is an agreement that is entered into by a future married couple that lays out certain financial obligations and terms that the parties will abide by during the marriage and in the event of a divorce.”
If a marriage does fall into that path, not having a prenuptial agreement results to the following:
- shared responsibility for debts incurred during the marriage;
- shared responsibility for properties, assets, and liabilities; and
- partners’ receipt of money or property in the event of death.
A prenuptial agreement is also referred to by the following:
- premarital agreement,
- antenuptial agreement,
- domestic contract, and
- marriage contract.
It is considered best for couples who are coming into union with individual properties and businesses, and with children from previous marriages.
Free Prenuptial Agreement Sample Form
Printable Prenuptial Agreement Intake Form
Prenuptial Agreement in MS Word
What to Include in a Prenuptial Agreement
Clauses of financial nature are contained in a prenup, and this extends to clauses in the event of separation or of deaths. It does not and should not state prospective terms and conditions for child custody. A prenup may cover
- investments, and
- businesses. For other business-related legal documents, see these Sample Franchise Agreements, which are contracts between the franchisor and the franchisees of his/her establishments and ventures.
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