When Should You Sign Your Prenup in Massachusetts?
Many couples planning a wedding also decide to sign a prenuptial agreement. As a family law attorney, I'm often asked how far in advance of the wedding a prenup should be signed. Here is my advice on timing:
Sign It As Early As Possible
While Massachusetts law doesn't dictate a required time-frame, I recommend signing the prenup as early as possible, ideally at least a month before the wedding date. Why sign it so early? There are a few key reasons:
It allows time for both parties to negotiate terms thoughtfully, without last minute pressure. Rushing through a prenup right before the big day can lead to one party feeling pressured.
It gives time for each person to consult their own lawyer. I advise all clients to review a draft with independent counsel. This takes time.
It prevents accusations of coercion. Signing too close to the wedding opens up claims that one party was coerced into signing. Courts scrutinize this.
It reduces stress! Taking care of the prenup ahead of time means one less thing for brides and grooms to worry about as their wedding day approaches.
The sooner you begin prenup negotiations, the better. Three months in advance is ideal, but even 6-8 weeks can work. Contact a lawyer like me to get the process started and ensure you protect your interests. Don't let the prenup become a last minute to-do. Be proactive and sign it as early as you can!
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