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Family law: Opting for a prenup for a later-in-life marriage

Many different people in New Hampshire make the decision to get married after the age of 50. For some, it may not be the first time they said wedding vows, but it may be for others. Regardless, there are often family law issues that many people consider prior to walking down the aisle.

Perhaps most importantly is the decision regarding whether to create a prenuptial agreement. Although some people assume that such agreements are only for people who are wealthy, these tools often play an important role for people with varying degrees of wealth. This is especially true for a person with children from a previous marriage. A prenuptial agreement can help ensure that children from an earlier marriage or relationship receive a share of their parent's estate even if the parent has married someone else.

However, even people who are marrying for the first time after the age of 50 can also benefit from a prenup. Often, single people who are older have accrued significant assets. A prenuptial agreement can help these people protect their assets in the event of a divorce.

While a prenuptial agreement may be a difficult aspect of family law for engaged couples to discuss, it is an opportunity for each person to be open and honest about all assets, debt and estate plans. An attorney with experience with such documents can help a person in New Hampshire considering marriage fully understand their options in regard to protecting their estate. Taking action now by creating and signing a prenuptial agreement can help ease a potentially stressful situation in years to come.

Source:, "Busting myths about marrying after 50", Lisa Rabasca Roepe, March 16, 2017

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