Given the complexity of the personal, economic, and work-related realities of each spouse, together with the sometimes stressful situations which are created in cases of separation or divorce, it is advisable to sign a prenuptial agreement. Here, the conditions that would apply to a hypothetical separation, divorce, or break-up of a relationship are established in advance and by mutual agreement. Issues including child support payments, how the custody of the children would be shared, the division of the couple’s property, and any other details that the spouses believe are necessary to have in place in order to facilitate a process which would otherwise prove extremely traumatic, costly, and lengthy for both parties, can be set out in a prenuptial agreement.
The best known aspect of prenuptial agreements is the selection of an economic matrimonial regime, either of acquired property or separation of property. However, what can be agreed or established in prenuptial agreements extends far beyond this and may also include areas such as: