Despite what fairy tales would have you believe, marriages are rarely happy all the time. Still, if you can get through the bad stretches, you are likely to find fulfillment in your marriage. In fact, according to reporting from ADDitude Magazine, about 66% of unhappily married couples who stayed married said they were happy just five years later.
Many factors go into creating a happy marriage, of course. Nevertheless, if your unhappiness comes from disagreements over finances or household duties, executing a postnuptial agreement may breathe some new life into your dying marriage.
What are postnuptial agreements?
Postnuptial agreements are legally binding contracts that couples create after they marry. Usually, these agreements offer certain protections in the event couples eventually divorce. For example, your postnuptial agreement may address property division, spousal support and even child custody. It does not have to stop there, though.
How can a postnuptial agreement improve your marriage?
You and your spouse simply may not be on the same page about finances, chores or other marital matters. When you draft a postnuptial agreement, you discuss these issues with your husband or wife. You also can define both your role and your spouse’s role in your marriage.
Working with a mediator or family counselor may help you hash out the fine details of your postnuptial agreement. After all, these professionals often have extensive experience in guiding marital couples through rough patches.
When it comes to having a successful marriage, there are no guarantees. Ultimately, though, by using all available tools to try to save your marriage, you can make an informed decision whether to continue with your union or to file for divorce.