With so many people marrying later these days or remarrying after having already created a solid financial foundation, it is becoming increasingly important to think strategically before and during a marriage to protect yourself and your assets in the event of divorce. Not only has it become more common to look at how to safeguard your assets, but it has become less taboo to talk about with a future spouse, too.

If you are coming into a marriage with a considerable amount of money, assets or property, it may be wise to create a prenuptial agreement. What was once only used with the wealthiest of individuals is now much more common among Little Rock’s upper-middle class. This document is basically a contract that can help determine what will happen in the event of a divorce.

There are, of course, certain benefits that come with knowing what will happen if you and your spouse divorce. As an equitable division state, Arkansas couples will have their assets divided in a fair and equitable manner, but that often doesn’t take into account what each spouse had prior to the marriage. This means that if a woman with a substantial amount of money married someone with significantly less money, she could potentially be left with less money than when she originally married.

A prenuptial agreement, however, clearly delineates who owns what before the marriage. It also allows a couple to determine what, if anything, will become marital property, and how marital property will ultimately be divided in the event of a divorce. For many couples, this can ultimately save them money, leaving more of it for the future and retirement.

Source: Forbes, “Divorcing Women: When You Earn More Than Your Husband,” Jeff Landers, April 10, 2013

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