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Prenuptial agreements: truth versus myth, Part 2

We noted in a post from last week that some of our readers across Connecticut and elsewhere likely “wince” when the family law topic of prenuptial agreements is breached. That is understandable, given that the subject matter of such contracts relates to topics that arise in the context of divorce.

We also stressed in our October 24 entry, though, that prenups can inspire altered second thoughts and that a “reject-then-reconsider premise is often evidenced in uppercase with marital contracts.”

We submit that such a reappraisal is linked with gained knowledge that follows an initial exposure to prenups commonly guided by misperception and a kind of “what the neighbors say” perspective.

Indeed, prenuptial contracts continue to confront myth-based obstacles, despite their proven utility for legions of couples across the country.

A recent in-depth media piece on prenups points out and buttresses that with a number of specific examples. Many couples believe, for instance, that premarital agreements “exist solely to protect piles and piles of cash’’ held disproportionately by one marrying individual.

That is sometimes the case, although prenups can address wide-ranging matters that have nothing to do with one party’s desire to preserve separate assets.

Moreover, empirical evidence hardly supports the view that couples crafting prenuptial agreements are destined for divorce court. “The opposite is actually true,” notes the above article. That piece cites the collective view of close to 90% of surveyed subject-matter experts that prenup execution has no logical nexus to marital discord or divorce.

There is much that an interested individual or couple can learn about marital contracts through an informed and candid conversation with an experienced family law attorney. Proven legal counsel can help determine whether execution of such an agreement can promote important interests in a given case.

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