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Wake Forest, NC Prenuptial Agreement Lawyers

When you’re caught up in wedding preparation, it can be hard to channel your focus on anything but putting the finishing touches on important details and making sure everything is perfect for your big day. We understand why, in the midst of all of this, the legal aspects of marriage, like creating a prenuptial agreement, tend to take a backseat. That being said, we believe it is something every couple should at least consider before saying “I do.”

While no one marries with the intention to one day get divorced, the ups and downs of life can lead couples down unexpected paths that no longer align with one another. A prenup is a legal tool that can serve as a backup plan when your original plan doesn’t pan out the way you hoped.

Many people fail to realize that even if you don’t create a prenup, you’re essentially still signing one when you put your name on your marriage certificate. North Carolina’s state laws will be what dictates how your marriage ends, and that might not be in line with your preferences.

If you’ll be walking down the aisle soon, working with our Wake Forest prenuptial agreement lawyers to draft a comprehensive prenup can set your marriage up for success and give you peace of mind. Call Triangle Smart Divorce today to request a consultation and learn about your next steps.

What Is A Prenuptial Agreement & Why Do I Need One?

​​A prenuptial agreement, also known as a premarital agreement or prenup, is a legal contract that is established before you get married. It outlines how you want your assets to be managed and divided in the event you get divorced or if one of you passes away.

It is an excellent way for individuals to protect their assets and/or small business interests, to guard themselves from their spouse’s debts, and to protect their inheritance. You can also use a prenup to establish alimony/spousal support. Additionally, it can be a great way to set financial expectations for your relationship, which in turn might eliminate conflict down the road.

Many people are hesitant to pursue prenuptial agreements because of the social stigma that often surrounds the topic. It’s important to recognize that a prenuptial agreement doesn’t mean that you don’t love and trust your future spouse. In fact, it can help strengthen your marriage by establishing clarity from the get-go.

What Can & Cannot Be Included In My Prenup?

Because every couple is different, each prenuptial agreement will be as well. Some might deem it necessary to include things that others wouldn’t. However, generally, what can and cannot be included in a prenup in North Carolina is as follows:

What Can Go In:

  • Ownership of assets,
  • Responsibility for debts,
  • Alimony or Spousal support agreements or waivers,
  • Property distribution upon death or divorce,
  • Protections for any businesses owned,
  • Mediation and arbitration clauses to keep you out of court in the event of a separation.

What Cannot Go In: 

  • Child custody arrangements,
  • Child support details,
  • Daily spousal duties.

How Our Wake Forest Prenuptial Agreement Lawyers Can Help

At Triangle Smart Divorce, we can explain all of the benefits that a prenuptial agreement can offer you and your partner. While we understand any hesitance, taking the time to create a prenuptial agreement now can save you time, money, and stress later. Our experienced Wake Forest prenuptial agreement lawyers will get to know you and understand your goals so that we can create an agreement that protects your best interests and will hold up in court (if need be). Call today to request a consultation and discover your next steps.

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Frequently Asked Questions

IS IT WORTH IT TO GET A DIVORCE LAWYER?

A divorce lawyer may seem like an extra expense if both parties agree on the big decisions, but the details of a divorce can be complex and hard to navigate without an expert, and getting the agreement properly written ensures that everyone has the security and clarity they need to move forward with their lives. It’s better to do it right the first time than have to keep going back and fixing mistakes. And, in some cases, you may not be able to fix your mistakes.

WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK A DIVORCE LAWYER?

You should ask a potential divorce lawyer about their prior experience with cases like yours, their approach to negotiations when couples reach a disagreement, and their personal success rate in arriving at a resolution through negotiation and/or mediation.

WHAT CAN YOU NOT DO DURING A DIVORCE?

You cannot have one lawyer serve both parties in a divorce. This would be a conflict of interest. It’s incredibly important that each party feels their individual needs are represented and voiced, and that cannot be done with a single lawyer serving as the representative for both parties.

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