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Why Prenups are Important

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently performed a survey of their members regarding prenuptial agreements. The survey uncovered two interesting pieces of information:

  • 63 percent of respondents said that they saw an increase in prenuptial agreements in their casework over the last three years.
  • 46 percent of respondents said they noticed more women requesting a prenup.

Why Prenups are Important


The survey provides some very interesting information regarding the way people are thinking as they enter marriage. It used to be that prenuptial agreements were considered taboo; that even considering one was a harbinger of doom for your marriage. But now, prenups are given much more thought by both men and women when they marry. People are far more aware of the financial implications of getting divorced, and a prenup is a step towards protecting yourself should a divorce occur.

For example, let’s say you and your sweetheart get married, but there are some significant assets that one of you brings to the marriage. It could be anything: a substantial estate, pieces of property, even debt. Whatever it is, though, the two of you will want to talk it out and draft a contract that addresses the issue.

Now, in order to make sure your prenuptial agreement is well crafted and compliant with the law, you will want to consult an experienced divorce attorney to help you out. Remember, prenups are customized contracts that suit your unique situation — so you really will need that experience and legal input to ensure your requests are acceptable and compliant.


Divorce is never easy. It becomes even more complicated when children are involved. Because no two families are alike, it can be challenging to construct an effective parenting plan that can fit needs of both parents and the children. To get the best results it is vital to seek representation from an experienced and knowledgeable Salt Lake City divorce attorney. Here is a general template on how to create a parenting plan.


One of the most important factors when creating a parenting plan is to make sure each parent understands its conditions. The plan should educate the reader about the family’s situation. Keep in mind, the parenting plan is not just for both parents. It will also be read by the judge and other people who are also involved in the legal process.


To construct an effective parenting plan, it is vital to be as honest as possible. It is important not to embellish or exaggerate your situation. Make sure all information is factual. An experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney can be a huge asset. They can properly draft a plan which properly represents your interests. They can also educate the client on their parental rights. For example, parents have the right to express their views, including their plans and expectations for their children. One of the most common mistakes made by parents is making harsh criticisms against their former spouse. Generally, these comments are not viewed favorably by the court. Remember, a parenting plan is not meant to express your marital problems or your ex’s faults.


When it comes to divorce, it is understandable for each party to address only their own needs. In most divorces involving children, joint custody is typically the norm. That means each parent also needs to respect the right of their former spouse to have a relationship with their child. There are exceptions. If your former spouse has a history of domestic violence, substance abuse or a criminal history, then joint custody should not be considered an option.


A well-written and designed parenting plan can have a huge positive impact on the judge. It may seem like common sense. However, far too many failed parenting plans include spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and are not properly formatted. Your divorce attorney should have a staff of legal professionals that can provide valuable assistance to complete your plan in a clear and concise manner.

Free Initial Consultation with a Prenup Lawyer

If you are getting married, make sure you get a prenup. Call Ascent Law for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States
Telephone: (801) 676-5506