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A post-nuptial agreement may help save a marriage

If your spouse has been talking about divorce and you’re trying to think of ways to save your marriage, some experts suggest that you bring up the idea of a post-nuptial agreement.

In many ways, this is similar to a prenuptial agreement, though married couples can create it. It lays out the groundwork for a potential divorce. For example, it could list which physical assets go to which spouse, how money will be divided, and the like. It can’t touch things like child support, but it can deal with many other financial arrangements.

So, how is this going to save your marriage? In some cases, it just helps by opening someone’s eyes to the real financial impact of the divorce. Your spouse may have gotten angry and thrown out the idea of a divorce in an emotional moment, without really stepping back to think about what it will mean. Working on a post-nuptial agreement forces him or her to think about the real ramifications before the split is official.

Some couples only really think about the finances and the realities of divorce during the legal process itself. After they’re done, they are unhappy with the outcome and feel they’ve learned a lot. By then, though, it’s too late to put the pieces of the marriage back together. With the post-nuptial agreement, it’s possible that you can have this experience without severing all of your legal ties for good, and that can sometimes help you stay together.

When marriage gets tough, it is very important to look at all of the legal options that you have in Arizona. You may be surprised by how helpful they can be.

Source: Psychology Today, “Is There a Legal Action That Can Actually Prevent Divorce?,” Susan Pease Gadoua, accessed June 28, 2016

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