Signing a prenuptial agreement before you walk down the aisle is fine. Many people even suggest it because prenups can save you a lot of trouble down the line. If you get divorced, you know that the prenup protects your assets and helps make many financial decisions for you.
Just don’t try to squeeze a prenup into your plans right before the wedding. It may not be valid if you do. Signing a prenup too close to the wedding could just give you a false sense of security when you really don’t have the legal protection that you assume you do.
Why is the timing of your prenup an issue?
There are a few reasons. For one thing, it means that either you or your spouse may not have time to consider the prenup’s terms carefully, depending on who drafted it. In some cases, one party may later admit that they didn’t even read the prenup their intended spouse handed them before the wedding. The court may not enforce an order that wasn’t read or that someone didn’t think about before signing.
Another argument in these cases is that being asked to sign right before a wedding puts too much pressure on the person who is signing. It can be seen as duress. If they were given the prenup months earlier, they may have been willing to reject it, but they feel like they can’t on the eve of the wedding. They already have guests in town. They already spent tens of thousands of dollars. That pressure is unfair and coercive.
What else should you consider when it comes to a prenup?
This is just one thing to consider if you want a prenup. Make sure you understand your rights and legal options before you begin. Working with an experienced attorney can help you avoid critical mistakes that could harm your future.