Do Prenups Work?

April 28, 2023 O'Connor Family Law Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements, more commonly called “prenups,” are legal documents that couples sign before marriage to establish the division of assets in the event of divorce. While prenups can be effective in protecting individual assets and preventing lengthy and costly divorce proceedings, their effectiveness can vary depending on a variety of factors.

Prenups must be properly drafted and executed by both parties in order to be legally binding. This means that each party must fully disclose their assets and liabilities, and the agreement must be entered into voluntarily and with a full understanding of its terms. If a prenup is determined to have been improperly created or signed in an unfair manner, it may not be upheld in the event of a divorce.

Prenups may not be enforceable if they contain illegal or unethical clauses, such as those that attempt to limit child support or custody rights.

Thirdly, the enforceability of prenups can depend on state laws, as the requirements for a valid agreement can vary by jurisdiction. Some states, for example, may require that both parties be represented by independent legal counsel.

Overall, prenups can be effective in protecting individual assets and providing clarity in the event of divorce, but their effectiveness depends on a variety of factors and should be carefully considered with the guidance of a qualified attorney. The guidelines surrounding prenups can be confusing. If you’re looking for a prenup, you’ll want to call an experienced Massachusetts family lawyer like on of the attorneys at O’Connor Family Law. You can call 774-703-3755 to get started or fill out this form now to have our team reach out to you. Congratulations on your engagement and we cannot wait for you to connect with our team!