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Talking to the kids about prenuptial agreements

For some California residents who plan on getting married, the idea of getting prenuptial agreement can be a turnoff. Many see prenups as an indication that a marriage is not likely going to last. However, these agreements can be a useful tool even in a healthy marriage.

Parents should talk to their kids about prenuptial agreements before going to college. While this age may seem young, there are many reasons why the teen years could be an acceptable time. Since a typical high schooler has not yet found their future spouse, they could learn about the benefits of prenuptial agreements before getting involved in a serious relationship. Going in with the knowledge of what a prenuptial agreement does also makes one more likely to understand their rights when it is time to get married.

Ultimately, parents should let their kids know that prenups are not a bad thing. The fact is that roughly 50 percent of marriages do end in divorce. A prenup can make the divorce process much easier as marital assets and separate assets will already be identified. Furthermore, parents should have a discussion with their children about protecting themselves, especially if they will be inheriting any of their parents' assets or wealth.

Prenups are not about just protecting one person. They are designed to protect both spouses. This means that there are certain procedures that must be followed for prenuptial agreements to be valid, such as both individuals signing the prenup willingly. A family law attorney can help a client draft a potential prenuptial agreement to ensure that it meets the requirements of the state.

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