According to some of the more recent studies, the number of Americans opting for a prenuptial agreement before they tie the knot is on the rise. In fact, 63 percent of divorce attorneys claim that they have seen a rise in how many clients they have that are asking for this agreement. Even more interesting, 46 percent say that they have seen a notable difference in how many women walk into their offices looking to create a formal legal premarital agreement. As a female, it is important that you get any misconceptions you may have about a prenup out of the way before you make a decision as to whether this is the right step for you to take.
Myth: There is no need for a prenuptial agreement if you do not have a lot of your own assets.
Fact: It is not uncommon for most people, especially women, to assume that just because they don't have a lot of assets before they get married that there's no need for a prenuptial agreement. However, a prenuptial agreement is about protecting both your prior financial establishments and what you accrue during the course of the relationship, which could easily be a great deal.
For example, if you are a woman who is in the process of building your career, you may not have a lot of monetary wealth currently, but this could easily change over the next few years. You will want to keep that protected in the event of a divorce. This can be accomplished by working with a family attorney to create a prenuptial agreement that clearly outlines what would be deemed as your own personal finances if the marriage came to an end.
Myth: It is really more of a male thing to get a prenuptial agreement.
Fact: It may have been more normal in the past for a male to initiate a prenuptial agreement, but as the previously mentioned statistics show, this is no longer the case. Further, laws regarding what happens during a divorce when it comes to finances can affect you just the same as your husband. For example, in the state of California, spousal support can be mandated without a prior prenuptial agreement stating otherwise for the less successful partner in the relationship, so that they can continue living an accustomed lifestyle.The gender of that partner is irrelevant.
The bottom line is, a prenuptial agreement before marriage can be an intelligent decision regardless of your gender. If you think that a prenup would be the right move for you as a female, talk to a family law attorney for more information.