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Life Events

Every stage of life has its own financial needs and concerns. The life events on this page can help you target the key financial strategies and issues that are likely to be most important to you in this stage of your life.

Starting Out    Changing Jobs    Coping with Unemployment    Getting Married    Starting a Family    Saving for College    Starting a Business    Planning/Saving for Retirement    Managing College Expenses    Long-Term Care Planning    Planning an Estate    Planning for Business Succession    Nearing Retirement/Retirement    Caring for an Aging Parent    Loss of Spouse    Financial Windfall    Getting Divorced   
Remarriage and Prenuptial Agreements
Remarriage and Prenuptial Agreements

Even if you have never thought about signing a prenuptial agreement, it's wise to consider it now. That's because one or both spouses in a remarriage may have significant assets, business interests, or children to consider. Here are the issues that prenuptial agreements typically address:

A prenuptial agreement:
  • Details the assets and liabilities that each partner brings into the marriage.
  • Spells out a couple's agreement on the division of assets in the event of divorce.
Assets and liabilities
  • What assets are you each bringing into the marriage, and what is their value?
  • Which assets become marital property, and which ones will continue to be owned individually?
  • Will gifts and inheritances be shared or separate?
  • What liabilities do each of you have?
If you divorce
  • How will you divide assets?
  • Will either spouse receive a lump-sum settlement or alimony?
Estate planning
  • What will go to your children from previous marriages?
  • What will go to children you have together?
Special considerations
  • Will special contributions (e.g., limiting a career for the benefit of children or the other spouse) be considered?
  • What if one spouse brings more liabilities to the marriage than the other?
  • Will there be a time limit or condition (e.g., 10 years of marriage, the birth of a child) that will end the prenuptial agreement?
Writing a prenuptial agreement is not a do-it-yourself project
  • You and your future spouse should hire separate attorneys.
  • The best prenuptial agreement is one that protects the interests of both spouses without causing mistrust.

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