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The benefits of prenups for younger couples

71078184_S.jpgMany Missouri couples might skip a prenup when they get married if they are just starting out or are still college students. Like many people, they might assume that a prenup is only for those who already have substantial assets. However, a prenup is one way to plan for the future, particularly when there is always the possibility that a couple's financial situation might significantly change.

While it might seem like negative thinking, a prenup does more than just prepare for the possibility of the end of a marriage. It can also help if one of the spouses passes away and there is the need to manage their estate. In the case of a divorce, a prenup takes into account any debt that the two spouses brought into the marriage -- for example, financing for their college and advanced education. What a prenup does is consider what each person would want in case the marriage ends while taking into account both what they bring to the marriage and what the potential for additional assets is as the years go by. A prenup also provides a good basis for an honest conversation about finances and financial planning before the marriage even begins.

If there is a death, younger couples might use the prenup to determine who will have control of the other's estate. In some cases, they might want to forgo their rights in favor of their spouse's parents, for example. In addition, if there are children from previous relationships, a prenup can also protect those children's rights in regards to their parent's estate.

If the marriage does come to an end due to divorce, a soon-to-be ex can also benefit from the guidance of a lawyer with family law experience. The lawyer could review the prenup as the starting point for the settlement, explain how it can be applied and offer legal representation.

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