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Should every engaged couple get a prenuptial agreement?

When a Houston couple becomes engaged it's typically a very exciting time. Everyone is happy and wedding planning is approached with gusto. Although everyone believes their marriage will last forever, the statistics are not always in their favor. Along with wedding dress, flowers, and reception hall shopping an engaged couple may also want to consider drafting a prenuptial agreement.

A prenuptial agreement may seem to be the most unromantic topic to discuss with a future spouse. No one wants to believe their marriage may fail apart and they don't want to think that in the event of divorce that there will be disagreements. But a prenuptial agreement can be a smart way for couples to discuss money long before it becomes a problem. A prenuptial agreement can set up an agreement for each person's debt including student loans and child support payments. It can also determine how assets that a person held before marriage would be distributed upon a divorce. And a couple can even specify the religion they want their children to be raised in.

A prenuptial agreement makes sense for many couples. As financial matters are often the number one cause of divorce, discussing these issues before marriage can be very important. Couples should know what financial obligations each partner has before marriage and a prenuptial agreement is a great way to spell it all out.

Prenuptial agreements do not need to be seen as an unromantic part of wedding planning. Instead they can be a smart way for couples to work out their financial matters prior to getting married.

Source: Business Insider, "Here's why every couple should get a prenup before marriage", Libby Kane, Aug. 5, 2014

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