2020 has been a harrowing year for most families. We’ve faced a pandemic, recession, unemployment spikes, hurricanes as well as political and social unrest. It is only natural for so many stressors to take a toll on every aspect of our lives – including our interpersonal relationships.
More than ever, this year has created job insecurity, uncertain futures and limited access to our usual support networks. While some studies have indicated that the pandemic has led to a surge in divorce rates, there is some heartening news: A new study found that the many couples have found a deeper appreciation for their partner and a deeper commitment to their marriage in 2020.
Setting your marriage up for success
Couples have had to rely on each other for support an exceptional amount this year. When they can do this effectively, it can strengthen the marriage.
Many couples have found that relying on each other to get through hard times is more successful when they have established a common set of expectations and plans. A prenuptial agreement (prenup) can be an excellent tool to achieve this.
How can prenups help?
While some see a prenup as simply a divorce blueprint, it has the potential to be much more than that. It can actually serve as a tool to help you and your spouse get on the same page about important marital issues. These may include:
- Family plans
- Protections for children
By coming to an agreement on issues such as how you’ll save for your children’s college funds or how you’ll alleviate separate or shared debt, it can be easier to be partners in the relationship when challenges such as what our nation is going through arise.
This year has shown us that we should be prepared to face unexpected trials and tribulations. A prenup can create a foundation to help couples support each other – and get through the tough times as a team. An experienced family law attorney can help couples figure out what elements need to be addressed in the prenup agreement so that spouses can properly prepare for their futures together.