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How can a postnup protect your retirement accounts?

On Behalf of | Feb 11, 2019 | Divorce |

Getting married is an exciting time. And even if a marriage does fail, many are able to find love again and enter into another marriage. Because the chances of another divorce occurring the second time around is fairly high, it is important that these spouses take the time to understand ways they can protect themselves and their future, especially when it comes to their assets and retirement benefits.

How can a postnup protect your retirement accounts? Much like discussing a prenuptial agreement before marriage, bringing up a postnuptial agreement during a marriage is a difficult task. Nonetheless, it is an important topic to handle, especially when one remarries.

There are many reasons to get a postnup, one of them being to protect assets, property and retirement benefits. By entering into this marital agreement, spouses are able to lay everything out on the table, allowing them to see everything they have, whether owned solely or jointly.

And while a postnuptial agreement can address the many concerns one might have going into a second, third or even fourth marriage, it is always crucial to understand other documents that can add some protection. Because a person is remarried, it is vital to update one’s estate plan and will. If these documents are not updated, this could pose problems for a current spouse, such as the inability to enjoy certain benefits or inheritances.

Divorce can be a very messy and complex process. Even though the mere thought of ending a marriage is unpleasant, it is important to consider ways to protect oneself in the event of divorce. Those considering a postnuptial or prenuptial agreement should understand how these documents could benefit one in the event of a divorce.