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on Friday, May 4, 2012.

When young couples in Connecticut and elsewhere want to get married they often don’t want to think about the possibility of a divorce. After all, who wants to think about a union breaking up when it’s a time to celebrate?

One divorce attorney from another state has made several suggestions for issues that couples should think about to prepare for divorce before getting married. After all, when the soon-to-be spouses are getting along is likely one of the best times to work out these issues such as the division of property amicably.

While it is smart to negotiate a prenuptial agreement before getting married, circumstances can change, and the agreement must be revisited. For example, children born after a prenuptial agreement is made are not subject to the terms of the agreement. If a child is born after the marriage, a postnuptial agreement can be made for the parents to make their wishes known of what would happen to the child in the event of a divorce.

And when parents do agree on issues involving a child, it’s best that the parents have a child counselor sign off on the agreement. The attorney says that many judges are hesitant to approve an equal custody agreement because they feel spending alternating weeks at each parent’s house does not provide a home base. Even if the parents have reached an amicable settlement, the judge may not have to sign off on it. A child counselor’s endorsement may help.

While it may not seem like much fun to discuss these issues while happily married, it’s better to be honest and get them hammered out than waiting until a contentious divorce is unfolding. That could make the situation more difficult for everyone.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Divorce Advice For Those About To Marry,” Melissa Carter, April 10, 2012

Tags: divorce, postnupital agreement, prenuptial agreement

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