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Prenuptial Agreements

In our family law firm, prenuptial agreements are an important part of our business and your planning for your marital future.  Currently, there is less of a stigma attached to executing a prenuptial agreement before a marriage than there was years and years ago.  I believe that is the case, in part, because individuals are beginning to realize that marriage is much more than the loving and spiritual bond between individuals- it is also a dramatic change in the individuals’ legal and financial status in almost every aspect of their lives.  I believe it is also due to the fact that individuals stand on more equal ground than they did years ago- both spouses may want to work and partake in the caregiving of future children.  Additionally, because couples are waiting longer to marry, in the meantime, they may have accumulated assets on their own that should be managed before a marriage occurs.

Contrary to popular belief, a prenuptial agreement does not have to be a stern, rigid, nasty agreement that causes strife to an otherwise happy couple.  Just as a will dictates wheat happens to an individual’s estate in case he or she passes, a prenuptial agreement does the same for a marrying couple’s estate if they should ever divorce.  A good prenuptial agreement eliminates the greater part of the stress and fighting that could go along with a divorce.  It basically reiterates, in very straightforward language, what the couple wants and believes should happen “just in case.”  Discussion of what would possibly happen in the case of a divorce is much wiser made now, while a couple is happy and speaking reasonably and lovingly, than then, in a divorce where the couple may not be getting along so well anymore.  It also gives a type of “peace of mind,” in that no matter what happens, there is less mystery involved in the process.

Marriage financial and taxation counseling is just a good idea before getting married.  It is my belief that many couples just have no idea what they’re getting into, both financially, and taxation-wise, when they get married.  There is so much focus on the wedding itself and the planning that goes along with such an event (invitation list, venue, the dress, the rings….), that there is little room for much else in those precious few months or years before the wedding.  Making an appointment with an experienced family law attorney, or at the very least reviewing and thinking about your options online or through a site such as www.DashDivorce.com that offers affordable prenuptial options and information, is just a good idea on many levels.

Bethany L. Notaro, Esquire is an experienced family law attorney, handling prenuptial agreements in Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) as well as throughout southwestern Pennsylvania (Westmoreland, Washington, Butler, among others).  Ms. Notaro will be more than happy to consult with you regarding your own unique marriage and prenuptial situation, and how she may help.  Changes that occur due to marriage are often difficult to navigate, and considering financial implications, taxation, and the possibility of divorce is an important part of the decision process.  Attorney Bethany L. Notaro and her family law firm are here to explain your many options.  For more information on prenuptial agreements and premarital counseling please contact lawyer Bethany L. Notaro at 412-281-1988.

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