Marriage isn’t easy. In fact, sharing your life with the same person for decades is a true challenge. No matter how closely aligned you were at the time you got married, you will both grow and change, straining your bond.
Life’s circumstances will also put pressure on your relationship. Health issues, children struggling at school and financial problems can all lead to fights between spouses. For some people, those arguments will escalate, leading to a significant breakdown in their marital relationship. For others, addressing the underlying issues could lead to improved communication between spouses.
For those constantly arguing with their spouses, negotiating a postnuptial agreement can help them get their marriages back on track.
What is a postnuptial agreement?
Like prenuptial agreements, a postnuptial agreement is a contract between spouses. It can achieve several different things, all of which aim to protect the spouses and clarify the terms of their relationship.
Often, postnuptial agreements talk about the practical implications of a divorce. You can discuss now how you would separate your property and divide parental responsibilities if you can’t work out your marital issues. If you do end up filing for divorce, those terms will allow for an uncontested divorce, which can be much faster and potentially save you money.
A postnuptial agreement can also include restrictive covenants about certain spousal misconduct and terms that clarify the rights and liabilities of each spouse.
You can protect yourself and also your relationship
In a postnuptial agreement, you have the option of setting aside certain property as separate so that you won’t have to divide it in your divorce. Postnuptial agreements can be useful for couples who frequently argue about financial matters, as one spouse could assume responsibility for certain debts or agree to a penalty clause if they engage in certain habits, like gambling.
When both spouses have a chance to really think about the underlying issues that have strained their relationship and what they want in the future, they can reach a new accord that leads to a healthier and happier relationship. Negotiating a postnuptial agreement could potentially help you save your marriage or could lead to a more civil divorce.