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The things that can’t be included in a prenuptial agreement

Just because you create a prenuptial agreement with your soon to be spouse doesn't mean this will come into play in the future. After all, if you stay married, as you're hoping, this is never something you'll turn to for clarification.

When creating a prenuptial agreement, it's imperative to understand what you can and cannot include. Here are a few things that many people would like to include in a prenuptial agreement, but are prohibited by law:

There is more to child support than what you see

If you find yourself going through a divorce, you know that the future will be cloudy in many ways. This definitely holds true if you have at least one child with your soon to be former spouse.

For this reason, you need to think long and hard about matters of child support. The sooner you come to grips with your situation the better off you will be.

Why does divorce happen?

Nobody goes into their marriage looking forward to the day when they will divorce. Even so, thousands of couples go down this path every year.

If you know why divorce happens, you may be able to take steps to preventing it. It's not always easy, but it's possible. Some of the most common reasons for a divorce include:

How to financially plan for divorce

You understand that divorce will impact your life in many ways, including your day-to-day responsibilities. However, many people forget that their financial situation is sure to be different after the divorce process comes to an end.

With this in mind, it's imperative to financially plan for divorce. This is a task to take on as soon as possible.

What are the reasons to create a prenuptial agreement?

Getting married is one of the biggest joys in life. While you never know what the future holds, it's safe to assume that this will be a day that you remember forever.

While not the right approach for every couple, many find that a prenuptial agreement is a good idea.

A divorce is often more complicated than it sounds

Have you come to the conclusion that you want to end your marriage? If so, you know one thing to be true: You don't want the process to drag on for too long.

Unfortunately, many people believe that divorce is a simple process that can be completed within a couple of weeks. While there are steps you can take to move forward in an efficient manner, you need to realize that challenges can and probably will arise along the way.

Are you familiar with the goals and advantages of mediation?

If divorce is on the horizon, you may be scared about the amount of time and money it will cost. Rather than go down this path, it may be time to learn more about mediation.

As long as you and your former spouse are on the same page, you should feel free to give mediation a try. There is no guarantee that it will work, as it's not the right strategy for everyone, but there are a few advantages to consider.

Child custody and the best interests of the child

Are you going through the divorce process? Have you come to realize that this will impact your family, including your children, in many ways? If you have yet to think about matters of child custody, now is the time to do so. After all, you want to do what's best for your child at all times.

In short, the court takes one thing into consideration when making a child custody determination — the best interests of the child. This may sound basic, but it shows that the court cares about the child's well-being more than anything else.

The many details associated with spousal support

Are you going through the divorce process? Do you have reason to believe that you should receive spousal support once the process comes to an end? If you find yourself in this position, it's a good idea to learn as much as possible about how the system works.

First off, remember this: There are no official guidelines for spousal support in the state of Maryland. Instead, the court takes this into consideration on a case by case basis.

Things to know about alimony

Even if you aren't going through the divorce process, you probably know the basics of alimony. In short, this is a monthly payment that one spouse makes to the other. Also known as spousal support, it is awarded as a means of bringing fairness to the financial impact of divorce.

As you move forward with the divorce process in Maryland, you may soon have questions related to alimony. Most importantly, you'll ask one of the following:

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