A Fresh Look At Prenuptial Agreements

Having a preconceived notion about a future event is likely going to impact the way you view it and ultimately experience it. Imagine that you have an upcoming work conference to attend, and you believe that the guest lecturer scheduled to speak will be dull or uninspiring. Think about what your mindset will be like when you are in the auditorium that day waiting for the person to take the stage. 

Our judgments, especially those that may not be based on facts, can potentially change the way we view things. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about prenups? 

  • Option 1: You envision the monied partner giving their spouse a document to sign. The document’s purpose is to prevent the monied person from losing their money in a divorce. 
  • Option 2: Two people—and each has their own attorney—discuss their future and financial situation. 

Prenuptial agreements should look like the scenario outlined in Option 2. Think of them as means to get the financial business out of the way, so you can focus on loving each other and building a meaningful relationship. 

The fatal flaw is assuming they are meant to protect one spouse and harm the other. Though the discussion about a prenuptial agreement may begin between you and your spouse, it will evolve to the degree where both of you have attorneys. If your attorney believes it isn’t in your best interest to sign one, she will inform you of that. And then, she will work with your spouse’s lawyer to find more mutually-favorable terms. Prenuptial agreements are not ultimatums. 

The Timeline For Creating One

Start the discussion about having a prenuptial agreement as soon as you and your partner begin talking about marriage. Because people want to have one in place before they get married, they often question when they should start to formally piece one together. 

At our firm, once we have all the required information, the objectives, and the disclosures, we can draft the agreement within 30 days. However, give yourself the time to gather these things and have the necessary conversations with your future spouse and your lawyer. You can even build the timeline around your actual wedding day. Have the agreement finalized a month before your wedding date—and begin the process three months prior to it needing to be completed. 

Andrea L. Gamalski Attorney & Counselor at Law  

Contact Andrea L. Gamalski, Attorney & Counselor at Law, to schedule your free consultation, and we can speak further about prenuptial agreements or other family law matters. Our role is to support and assist you with the legal aspects of your marriage so that you can focus on your partner and your new family.

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