Did You Get a Wedding Dress on July 15?
Attention, brides-to-be: July 15th was National Bridal Sale Day, and over 850 stores participated in nearly every state and Canada. All participating stores offered dresses at a fraction of the usual cost, helping brides get their dream dresses at affordable prices.
In addition to saying yes to the dress, you should consider other important steps to take when getting ready for the big day. Talking to an attorney before your wedding can ease many of the fears you may have. An attorney can also put together legal documentation to protect you.
What Can an Attorney Do?
The most significant documentation you will want to consider before getting married is the prenuptial agreement or “prenup.” A prenuptial agreement is signed when each spouse wants to outline what property will be considered separate and what will be considered community, or shared. The agreement can also address how other assets would be split up in the event of divorce, death, or other marriage-ending event.
In addition to drafting legal documentation, an attorney is simply an expert who is there to answer your questions. While we often think of marriage in emotional and social terms, it is a legal status that will affect various aspects of your life. When you get married, there are changes to other areas of your life including your name, healthcare and other insurance benefits, child adoption, taxes, and finances and property. Family law attorneys have made it their career to be knowledgeable in such topics, and are there to help you make sure everything is in line before you walk down the aisle.
As you probably know, having children makes divorce a much more complicated process. Talking with a family attorney about how you will rear your future children, whether you remain together or break up, will clear the air before you are ever married. The last thing you want is to have to engage in a chaotic custody battle down the road.
Lawyers Can Prevent, Not Just Correct
While it might seem like a family law attorney is only someone you see when your marriage is in trouble, meeting with one before you get married protects you. If your lawyer can help you organize and protect your assets before anything has the chance to go wrong, you will be in a much better position. Overall, a family law attorney is there to protect you, and to help you ensure a happy and long marriage.
Questions about a pre-marital agreement? Speak to the attorneys at the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C., at (610) 645-0100.
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