Getting married is one of life’s biggest decisions – and greatest risks.

North Carolina law provides a way to reduce the risk by allowing you to enter into a prenuptial agreement. A prenuptial agreement is an agreement between two engaged parties about what will happen to their property if they divorce.
In order to be valid, a prenuptial agreement has to be in writing, and signed by both parties in the couple.

Crafting a prenuptial agreement may take some discussion with your spouse. Consider who should manage property in the event of a divorce; whether you would want certain property sold, or held by one spouse. Also consider property that is owned before the marriage. Will it continue to belong to the spouse bringing it into the marriage?

Much of the time, prenuptial agreements exist in order to protect one spouse’s or the other’s separate property. Spouses may wish to discuss how they will handle debts brought into the marriage, and leave these as separate property so that the person who incurred them is also the one who pays them off. READ MORE


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