Who are they for?
Watts McCray suggest that pre-nuptials suit the following couples:
You both have significant assets. You have considerably more assets than your partner.
You own a business ( a pre-nuptial agreement can prevent the distribution of the business and control of the company to one’s former spouse).
You have children from a previous marriage and want to ensure that those children retain family wealth.
You have special circumstances in the family (for example caring for a disabled child).
You want to keep your pre-marital assets separate.
You, the economically weaker bride or groom to be, require adequate economic protection after divorce.
Upon marriage, you are blending families (a financial plan regarding the children can be spelt out in the pre-nuptial agreement).
You wish to have certainty as to property rights and maintenance payments upon a potential divorce.
You are concerned about the other party’s debt.
You are foregoing a lucrative career to get married.
You want to ensure that certain family heirlooms or family wealth stay within a family upon divorce.