There are two common types of marital agreements recognized in Michigan: prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements.
Prenuptial agreements (commonly called a “prenup”) are contemplated and signed before the marriage takes place. Although you might be concerned that you are thinking about the worst outcome before your marriage even begins, in some instances — especially when either or both parties will be bringing a significant amount of assets to the table or has children from a prior marraige — a Michigan prenuptial agreement might be a prudent consideration.
Postnuptial agreements, on the other hand, are entered into anytime after the marriage. The contents of postnuptial agreements may mirror those of prenuptial agreements. In fact, much of the difference between the two types of agreements stems from the time at which the parties enter into it.
Before entering into either a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a Michigan family law attorney to ensure the agreement is fair, equitable, and protects your best interests, and not simply those of your spouse (or future spouse).