Prenuptial agreements before marriage may have used to have been something that was a bit rare, but about 63 percent of family attorneys have seen an increase in the number of people who are getting a prenup before they tie the knot. Part of this change could come simply from higher divorce rates staring people down before they ever walk down the aisle, but there are many provisions that can be included in a prenup that were not necessarily available before. Here are three prenuptial provisions you will definitely be interested in knowing about before you get married.
The Social Media Clause
Years ago, there would not have been a need for a social media clause; however, these days if a marriage goes downhill, there is a good chance that some of the details will be hashed out on social media for all of the world to see. If the idea of seeing the ugly details of your personal life blasted all over the Internet is a major concern to you, you can actually add a clause in your prenuptial agreement that forbids this behavior in the event the relationship does end in divorce. Disregarding the clause can mean that you have more entitlement to property or a certain amount of money.
The Infidelity Clause
The infidelity clause is actually nothing new and you may have even heard of it. However, it is not often a clause that many prenuptial seekers ask about and most clients do not know how definitive the terms of the infidelity clause can be. You can add a clause in your prenuptial agreement in the beginning that outlines what will happen to your benefit exactly if the marriage ends due to the infidelity of your partner. This could mean that you could have a certain amount of money that you should be paid, either as alimony or a percentage of the spouse's property.
Pet Custodial Clause
One thing that many divorcees do not realize is that in divorce court, pets are often looked at as physical property. Therefore, there will be no custodial arrangements or visitation rights and the pet will be awarded to the most logical owner. However, if your pets are a major concern, it is a good idea to add a pet custodial clause in the prenuptial agreement right from the start. This clause will clearly outline what happens to your pets if the marriage does end.
You may think that a prenuptial agreement is not for you, but when you take a look at some of the provisions and clauses that can be added to your benefit, it is easy to see why the numbers of people who do get a prenup are on the rise. Talk to a family lawyer for more information about clauses that could definitely be a valuable part of your personal prenuptial agreement before you get married.
To learn more, contact a law firm like Watson Law Firm.