Although it’s never romantic to plan for the end of a relationship that’s supposed to last forever, according to family law attorney Shane Kersh, it’s definitely a smart move. In the following article, Shane Kersh discusses ways you can make the legal dissolution of a marriage as stress-free as possible. Shane Kersh is a Texas family law attorney.
The weeks and months leading up to a marriage should be joyous and filled with love and romance and anticipation of a honeymoon in Maui. At what point, then, should you discuss terms of a prenuptial agreement? And how should you do it?
Answer: As soon and as thoroughly as possible.
Here are a few of the things you should address before the wedding bells chime:
- Have an open and honest discussion of your finances and debt. If you aren’t prepared, your fiancé’s credit card debt and student loans will become yours.
- Consult with a family attorney before the ceremony. The earlier you can talk to an attorney, the better. Your lawyer will help you address potential issues you could face both during the marriage and in the event of a divorce, especially if there are complications involved, like previous marriages or common law spouses.
- Provisions for existing or future children. Decide in advance how you want to raise your children, and how you will pay for their education in the event of a divorce.
You would be surprised to know how many people are afraid to bring the subject of prenuptial agreements up with their partners. But the fact is: most marriages end in either divorce or separation. If you aren’t comfortable disclosing your finances to your partner or addressing the prospect of an eventual split, you’re not ready for marriage. Period.
Shane Kersh is a family law attorney based in Pearland, Texas. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with a Kersh Family Law attorney.