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Why Everyone Should Consider A Prenuptial Agreement

Planning a wedding is stressful enough. What if you’re also facing stress and confusion over whether to get a prenup? Is a prenup even necessary?

While a prenup isn’t always necessary, it’s something everyone should at least look into. At Kathryn D. Resnick, Attorney at Law, a law firm in Bellingham, I can review your situation and advise you on whether a prenup is warranted. I have nearly two decades of legal experience and am well-versed in the nuances of Washington family law.

What Exactly Is A Prenup (And What Does It Accomplish)?

A prenuptial agreement is a contract between you and your soon-to-be spouse that addresses your rights and expectations, particularly with regard to property and finances.

Typically, a prenup addresses issues such as:

  • Community versus separate property: If you have substantial assets – whether through your own income, an inheritance or other sources – it’s wise to protect those assets. Otherwise, they will be treated as community property in the event of a divorce, which means you could lose half of them.
  • Spousal support (alimony): This is often a hotly contested issue in divorce. In a prenup, you can specify whether alimony will be on the table, and if so, you can set a framework around it.
  • Financial obligations: You can spell out how finances will be handled during the marriage, setting clear expectations and legally enforceable obligations.

Don’t Risk Your Rights And Future

A prenup could be the critical tool you need to protect yourself in the event of a divorce down the road. To be enforceable, however, it must adhere to strict requirements.

I can let you know whether a prenup is advisable for your marriage and, if so, ensure that it’s watertight. In working with me, you will benefit from my nearly two decades of legal experience. To get started, contact my office in Bellingham, Washington, at 360-738-3636.