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on Friday, December 14, 2012.

Couples considering marriage in Connecticut often have several concerns about the future. Some may be worried about finances, especially if one spouse is worth more than the other. A prenuptial agreement can address this sort of concern. But the division of property upon divorce is not the only thing a prenup can take care of; it can also include and restrict certain lifestyle choices throughout the marriage.

Besides finances, many newlyweds or soon-to-be married individuals think to the future and are nervous about what could happen. These issues and concerns can be considered in a prenup by implementing what are known as lifestyle clauses. According to experts, these allow spouses to set guidelines and requirements for each other so that each of them knows what their partners want.

This makes the prenuptial agreement more than just a financial document and gives many couples the ability to communicate concerns about the future of the marriage before entering into it. Not all legal professionals agree on the use of such clauses, as some suggest that the clauses are a way to make a relationship less loving and more critical. An example of a clause that may do such a thing is a weight requirement.

Some spouses have included requirements about weight and overall fitness in their prenups. Though they are advertised as concerns for a spouse’s health and wellness, they may have underlying tones of other intentions to make sure that a spouse stays attractive.

Since hearing of lifestyle clauses, one man who said that marriage was not for him has decided that he will marry his longtime girlfriend so that she can have certain rights that she is not afforded as a woman that is not his wife. This likely means that there will be several lifestyle clauses in their prenup.

Source: Staten Island Live, “Staten Island experts say prenuptial agreements address more than finances,” Elise G. McIntosh, Dec. 4, 2012

Tags: assets, divorce, marriage, prenuptial agreement

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