Prenups

Prenuptial Agreement: Happily Ever Before

Prenuptial Agreement: Happily Ever Before

The word “prenup” brings to mind teams of high-powered attorneys negotiating late into the night right before a lavish wedding. Horror stories of tearful fiancées forced to sign a document before walking down the aisle abound in our popular culture, an inconvenient blot on our collective imagination of a fairytale wedding. In reality, prenups and postnups (both known as “marital agreements” in Colorado) are special contracts that can serve a variety of purposes – and most are signed well before a wedding or after spouses are already wed. In 2014, Colorado modernized its laws governing marital agreements to emphasize what was already best practice: access to legal counsel for both sides and payment of attorney fees, explicit language informing signatories of what rights they may…