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Prenuptial agreement do's and don'ts

Wedding rings, invitations, the perfect wedding gown and reception arrangements -- these are the first of many expenses that will bind two people together in marriage. When two become one in Georgia, so do their finances, making it important to consider a prenuptial agreement.

Although the thought of getting a prenuptial agreement may sour the excitement and bliss of wedding planning, professionals advise doing it at least six months before the wedding day. Not signing a prenuptial agreement basically defaults couples to the state's version of the agreement, with its own set of laws that govern marriage and divorce. If a couple want things on their terms, they can benefit from having an agreement in place that suits their best interests.

So what should one consider when starting the process? First off, it is not a good idea to sign a prenuptial agreement until you are truly ready. That means not letting anyone pressure you into it. It's important to protect your interests and listen to your intuition when it comes to discussing the particulars of the agreement. Ask questions -- as many as you need -- and get the support of a family law attorney who can look at the document and make sure that your wishes are represented adequately.

Marriage is a great event in anyone's life -- it is the time when the heart leads, but in the end, being that marriage is a legal contract, listening to your head can benefit the marriage in the long run.

Source: Huffington Post, "Sign This, Or Else! How Prenup Powerplays Prevail," Susan Pease Gadoua, May 22, 2013

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