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Are there any disadvantages to creating a prenuptial agreement?

You have probably heard a lot of talk about prenuptial agreements over the last few years. The Internet media covers celebrity divorces and marriages in-depth and prenuptial agreements take up a large part of these reports. As a result, other media outlets and Web articles discuss the wide-ranging advantages of prenups for people of all income levels.

It is true that a prenuptial agreement is not just for the rich or famous, but as with all things, a great amount of thought and planning should go into the decision making process before moving forward. Most people already understand the benefits, but the downside may be a little less in focus. Here are the possible disadvantages of creating a prenuptial agreement before or during a marriage.

-- As opposed to common belief, a prenup does not address deeper relationship issues such as child support and custody should divorce occur.-- Some courts may not approve some of the items you might want to include in a prenuptial agreement.-- Prenuptial agreements do not address the personal wishes or preferences (e.g. household chores, vacations, etc.) of the individuals involved.-- You and your spouse might not actually need a prenuptial agreement; speaking with an attorney can help both of you determine if this is the case.-- In some cases, a prenuptial agreement can create more problems than it solves, particularly if one spouse feels slighted by the suggestion.-- Prenuptial agreements sometimes suck the romance out of an otherwise blissful event.

There are at least some disadvantages to most things in life, so perhaps changing the focus of the question will yield better results. For example, you could ask yourselves whether the very real benefits of a prenuptial agreement outweigh the possible disadvantages. As an added measure of success, it is an excellent idea to seek counsel from a Texas divorce attorney about your prenuptial agreement concerns.

Source: FindLaw, "How to Determine if a Prenuptial Agreement is Right for You," accessed May. 19, 2015

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