The world may be left wondering if Mark Zuckerberg signed a prenuptial agreement lest he and his bride decide to one day dissolve their union. But you already know you want and need a prenuptial agreement and the Sacramento attorneys of Bartholomew & Wasznicky can help.
The decision to sign a prenup may stem from the desire to protect the assets you’ve accumulated before you were married, family assets you inherited, or assets that you wish to protect for your children. Before you consider signing a prenuptial agreement, take some time to consider these five tips:
- Draft and sign the agreement a few months before your wedding date. You don’t want to wait until the last minute when one party may feel pressured by the other into signing something just because “deposits have already been made.”
- Try to view the prenup as a contract between two people, not between ‘husband and wife.’ Take emotion out of it. You are simply making a wise business decision. Believe it or not, attorneys can help in that regard. They are not emotionally invested and are able to address sensitive issues head-on.
- Be willing to negotiate. Just because your future spouse asks for something, it does not mean you must agree to it. In the same manner that a business contract is negotiated, so goes a prenup.
- Be honest about your assets and debt. Hiding a mound of debt or secret assets could render the prenup void.
- Forget the fault clauses. Projecting blame and consequences does not foster good feelings about signing a prenup. In reality, it brings an adversarial tone to the transaction. Skip it and stick to the basics of a possible dissolved union.
Getting Legal Help
Experienced Sacramento Family Law Attorney Hal Bartholomew can help you navigate your prenuptial issues with respect and compassion. Contact Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP today for knowledgeable and respectful representation. Call us at (916) 546-4393 or email us at info@DivorceWithRespect.com.