Posted on December 20, 2020 in
Written by: David B. Honig
This list of practical pros and cons will help you guide your thinking as you decide whether a pre-wedding or wedding, in effect before getting married. In a prenup, you can also determine what your spouse will receive from your estate (if any) in the event of divorce or death. This is especially important if you have a large estate and children from a previous marriage to whom you wish to leave part, if not all, of this estate. If you do not sign a marriage agreement that spells out these details, most states automatically give a portion of your estate to your surviving spouse after your death. “Normally, we think of a marriage agreement as for people with essential means of protection,” says Marcia Mavrides, a divorce lawyer in Massachusetts. “This is no longer always the case, and in fact, many millenial clients are renting Mavrides Law (my company) to help them with a prenup to protect them from student debts and their future spouse`s visas. Even though these individuals have considerable income potential, they realize that they should be responsible for their own student credit. The best part is that these couples discussed their financial situation in detail before hiring lawyers to design a prenupe, so there are no nasty surprises. In the United States, marital agreements are recognized in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and are enforceable if prepared in accordance with state and state requirements. It has been reported that the demand for marriage contracts in the United States has increased in recent years, especially for millennial couples.     In a 2016 survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), member lawyers reported that the total number of clients seeking premarital marriage arrangements has increased in recent years, particularly with the Millennial generation, with the greatest interest in protecting capital gains in the case of separate ownership, inheritance and shared ownership.
 When drawing up an agreement, it is important to recognize that there are two types of state laws that govern divorce – a fair distribution, practised by 41 states, and common ownership practiced in certain variants of 9 states. An agreement written in a state of Community property cannot be intended to govern what happens in a fair distribution state and vice versa.