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Working on a postnup could help your marriage

Every marriage has lulls during which spouses do not get along as well as they might. And when a couple is having such difficulties there can be a tendency to keep communications to a minimum. But when silence begins to dominate a relationship, so too can distrust and misunderstandings. Ultimately, if communication isn't restored, a marriage can turn toxic, leaving both partners unhappy.

So what can you do if you are having trouble interacting with your spouse? Well, believe it or not, you may want to get him or her to sit down with you and create a postnuptial agreement.

A postnuptial agreement is very similar to a prenuptial agreement except it is written after a couple is married. It can address many of the issues that are of concern to both you and your partner that you may have been hesitant to discuss.

For example, let's say that your spouse has a worrying habit of running up debts. You can create a stipulation in the postnuptial agreement that clarifies who is responsible for which debts and expenses. You can also create rules regarding how income is to be allocated and how savings should be handled.

In fact, a postnuptial agreement can cover almost any important concern you may have, from paying for your children's education to what should be done if one of you dies or becomes infirmed.

Discussing important marital issues can help you and your spouse create a new understanding of where your relationship stands and the goals you have for its future. Crafting a postnuptial agreement may be a helpful antidote to your present woes. And an experienced family law attorney can aid you in the process by offering you guidance on the types of issues that you may want to include in your agreement and making sure the agreement is written in clear, unambiguous terms.

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