Question: I live in Alpharetta, Georgia, and I'm getting married in 6 weeks and I need a prenuptial agreement. My fiancée and I make different amounts of money. I own a restaurant and I'm invested in several other businesses, including a printing shop, a car dealership and a car wash.
My fiancée, however, has never really held a job; she gets a little bit of money each month from a trust fund. She married a guy she met at the University of Georgia right after graduation. He worked, she didn't. She doesn't have much money.
She divorced her husband after he cheated on her with a woman he met at the gym. I think she's some sort of dancer or something. Anyway, I met my fiancée online. I thought she had a job, but after we dated a little she said she really hasn't worked in about 20 years.
We've got the wedding planned and the invitations have all been mailed. My cousin asked me if we had a prenup, and I admitted that I'd never thought of doing that. My cousin said getting a prenuptial agreement would have been the best move he ever made because when his wife left him for another man after a short marriage she really took advantage of him financially. I mean she got stuff in the divorce that I think she had no right to get.
I want to know if I should get a prenup and how long does it take to draft one?
C.C. in Alpharetta, Georgia
Answer: Many people will not even consider getting married without first having a prenuptial agreement in place. We see people every day who regret not having a prenup.
In your case, a prenup would make sense due to the fact that you are both coming from different financial positions. A prenup is an excellent way of specifying how assets should be apportioned if there is a divorce. For the prenup to be legally enforceable, you both need to disclose all of your assets to each other. That way each party is put on notice of the financial position of the other. Then you can decide how assets are to be divided in the event of divorce.
For a prenup, each party should have their own attorney. That way the document can be reviewed a lawyer who is just representing the interests of one party.
We do many prenuptial agreements, so it does not take us long at all to write a good one for a client.
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