We’ve discussed the importance of prenuptial agreements numerous times on this blog, but one thing that a lot of people may not consider is the importance of timing when it comes to putting together a prenup.
There is often a tendency for people to bring up the idea of signing this contract a bit too close to the actual wedding date. It’s easy to see how this can be a problem on many levels. For one, and likely most important, it can possibly have legal implications. If an individual is asked to sign a prenuptial agreement after hundreds of wedding attendees have already RSVPed to the wedding, the soon-to-be-spouse may feel he or she has no other option other than to agree to the terms of the prenup. Florida law states that a premarital agreement is not enforceable if it was “the product of fraud, duress, coercion, or overreaching.”
Asking for a prenup so close to the wedding date can also put a dark shadow on all pre-wedding activities, such as attire shopping and rehearsal dinners. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to begin the discussion early. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it needs to be brought up on the second date, but if a couple feel they are headed toward marriage; they may want to find ways to discuss the subject. Although the prenup was once seen as a document strictly for the rich, it is being used more frequently today in first-time marriages and especially by those who are marrying for the second or third time.