When you’re planning for the future with a prenuptial agreement, the goal is to protect yourself in the event of a divorce. Although the document lists different financials and assets that are protected if you separate, there are still details that shouldn’t be included and can affect the validity of the document.
What can’t be included in your prenuptial agreement?
If you have children or plan to have children together, don’t include anything related to child custody in the agreement. A prenup also can’t include any personal preferences, such as where you want to spend the holidays during the marriage or who will do certain chores. The goal of the document is to only address financially based issues between both parties.
According to state family law, the document cannot include lifestyle clauses, personal information, child support, forfeiture of alimony rights or illegal information. Unfair details or information should also be omitted. Instead, you can add estate plans, spending or saving strategies, and information about separate and marital property.
The terms of the contract should be settled in advance while writing down any concerns you may have before the document is finalized. The final document should be fair and balanced to ensure that it stands up to a high level of scrutiny if you ever file for divorce.
Who can you contact for legal assistance?
Understanding what you can and can’t include in a prenuptial agreement can prevent the document from becoming invalid if you choose to divorce at a later time. If you want to learn how to correctly create such an agreement, it’s important to contact an attorney for more information. Legal professionals may help ensure that both parties’ interests are fairly represented in the document to avoid any misunderstandings.