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Prenups could ease property division for Massachusetts couples

Many Massachusetts couples may go into a marriage believing they will stay together forever. In cases like this, some people may not see the need or even balk at taking precautionary measures when it comes to the idea of divorce issues. However, setting up legal documents that can deal with property division and other family law issues before a marriage can create a less stressful situation if a seemingly perfect marriage does begin to go downhill later on.

According to reports, more people are looking favorably upon creating prenuptial agreements. These types of agreements are binding legal documents that each party agrees to before marriage that plan out how situations will be handled should certain circumstances arise. A recent study indicated that 63 percent of those knowledgeable in the area of prenuptial agreements saw an increase in such documents being created over the past three years.

A cause of the increase in agreements could be due to the economic improvement as property and other assets holding more of their value. Individuals may wish to ensure that they are entitled to their share rather than attempting to pawn undervalued property off on the other party. Other previous polls indicated that 44 percent of single people believed to have a prenuptial agreement could be beneficial while 49 percent of divorced individuals shared that same view.

Property division can be a difficult process to go through if certain individuals feel that they are more entitled to certain assets than others. Prenuptial agreements could be beneficial if a couple feels it is the right path for them to take. Information on Massachusetts family laws regarding such documents and other legal matters could ease the decision making process for concerned parties.

Source: Huffington Post, Prenuptial Agreements Are on the Rise, And More Women Are Requesting Them, No author, Oct. 22, 2013

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