There are two common types of marital agreements recognized in Michigan: prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Pre-nuptial agreements are those contemplated and signed before the marriage takes place. While you might be concerned about the fact that you are thinking about the worst outcome before your marriage begins, in some instances, especially when either or both parties will be bringing a significant amount of assets to the table, a pre-nuptial agreement (also commonly referred to as a “prenup”) might prove a prudent consideration.
Post-nuptial agreements, by contrast, are entered into anytime after the marriage. The contents of post-nuptial agreements may very well mirror those of pre-nuptial agreements – much of the difference between the two stems from the time at which the parties enter into the agreement.
Before entering into either a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a Michigan family law attorney to ensure that the agreement is fair, equitable, and protects your best interests, not simply those of your spouse (or future spouse).