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Warning signs that a spouse is hiding property

When you entered a marriage agreement, you probably did so with the ultimate trust in your partner. Sharing your emotions, your finances and even your bed often strengthens that trust, which can prove problematic in that it sometimes makes you blind to the true nature or intentions of your partner.

Why everyone should have a prenuptial agreement

With all the steps that go into planning for an upcoming wedding and marriage, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all and leave some of the more mundane tasks until later. While you may be tempted to put off drafting a prenuptial agreement, it is wise, in the "big picture" sense, to resist doing so.

If I am marrying my 'one' do I need a prenuptial agreement?

In the song "Home Life" John Mayer insists that "I can tell you this much, I will marry just once and if it doesn't work out, give her half of my stuff. It's fine with me - we said eternity." If you are getting married to your one-and-only, you may feel much the same way - that if things somehow fail to work out, you will not engage in any squabbling over property division. However, it is vitally important to understand that even if you plan to have a long, happy, truly successful marriage and will not engage in in-fighting in the event of a divorce, you, your future spouse and your marriage can truly benefit from the process of drafting a prenuptial agreement. 

Is a prenuptial agreement right for you?

Prenuptial agreements are frowned upon by some as a too-practical intrusion into what should be a romantic lead up to marriage. Some, however, see prenups differently: as a means of clearing the air so that both parties can enter into marriage without nagging financial concerns.

Three ways divorce can affect a business partnership

Divorce is hard enough when it's just two spouses dividing assets from a marriage. But when one of the former spouses is a partner in a small business, things can get complicated for the business partner, as well. Here are three ways that a divorce can create ripple effects for a business partner of a person getting a divorce:

Protect yourself with a prenup

Prenuptial agreements (also known as "premarital agreements" or simply "prenups") often get a bad rap. They are sometimes seen as a way for a much wealthier spouse to unfairly shield assets from a poorer spouse in the event of a divorce. In this way they are viewed much less as protective and much more as punitive legal documents. For the vast majority of couples signing prenups before marriage, however, nothing could be farther from the truth.

How the marital home can become a major issue in any divorce

When it comes to the issue of property division, divorcing spouses are frequently willing and able to work toward mutually acceptable solutions. However, there is at least one marital asset that can prove problematic for even those couples on the best of terms: the martial home.

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