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He Said, She Said: Are prenups a good idea?

He Said By Sam Richard

Imagine this: your fianc? proposes to you and says something to the effect of, “Baby, I love you. I can’t live without you. I want to be with you for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?”

Your heart flutters with joy, and you are so excited to know that you will be marrying the love of your life. And then later, perhaps after a day or two, he or she says, “You don’t mind signing a prenuptial agreement, do you?”

You might of well say something like, “Hey honey, you want sour our marriage before it even begins and possibly increase our chances of getting divorced?”

I don’t know about you, but I think when your soon-to-be spouse asks you to sign a prenuptial agreement, it brings automatic doubt to the success of your future marriage.

A prenuptial agreement is a contract signed between couple before they get married. The agreement can address a wide range of issues, but it usually deals with what will be done with a couple’s money and property after a divorce.

Some would argue that signing a prenuptial agreement is simply a wise decision. They say just in case a relationship does not work out, then a couple will have a good plan on what to do with assets after a divorce.

The fact still remains, however, that signing a prenuptial agreement says that the couple is taking into heavy consideration that their relationship will not work.

I have one word to describe that situation: bad.

What’s the use of marrying someone who you are not planning to spend the rest of your life with? There is none.

Don’t sign it!

She Said By Maliha Jafri

In a perfect world prenuptials would not exist. I don’t mean to sound skeptical, but 50 percent of all marriages in the United Students end in divorce. So when it comes time for me to make the lifetime vow, I want to make sure that I have all my bases covered. Proposing a prenuptial to my fianc? will not be an easy task but it would insure that we have thought about the most important decisions objectively.

Marriage is a gamble with very high stakes, both emotional and tangible. The prenuptial agreement is between soon-to-be spouses and states the most important issues to the couple in writing. In case a marriage doesn’t work or one spouse dies before discussing a comprehensive estate plan, it can safeguard assets, protect one party from the other’s debts and make any possible divorce proceedings less thorny.

Prenuptial agreements are most common among the very wealthy. Some prenuptial agreements cover everyday details, such as who will pay the mortgage and other bills, how childcare is to be handled, types of birth control used and number of children.

As time goes on, the purpose of marriage may or may not change. So many relationships end because there is no love anymore. People are so enamored with the word “love,” the feelings it brings and scared of change that they stick to the belief that “nothing must change” and don’t let go.

Most prenuptial agreements contain provisions limiting the distribution of marital property and alimony in the event of divorce and limiting the distribution of property to a spouse in the event of death.

Some say that having a prenuptial agreement sets a pessimistic tone for the marriage, but it can also serve as a security blanket. I may change my mind in the future but as of now, I want a prenuptial agreement.

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