Master Don Juan
- Apr 21, 2018
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- Bridgeport, CT
Just don't sign the marriage contract and do not live in the home w/o a cohab agreement and people should be fine. After that, each have their own accounts, with one account for joint bills.Everything you've acquired before the marriage is yours... As long as you keep it separate. I'm in California.
Most men get mixed up with putting her name on property, vehicles, etc. A spouse has no business even requesting that they be put on their partners property acquired before marriage as you can leave it to them in a trust of you choose. Inheritances and gifts are also yours as long as you keep them separate. For example, my dad gave us 20k to help with a house down payment and I got that back.
They will be entitled to the gain of property value if you guys live in the house and are jointly paying into it. I would recommend keeping your property, buying a new house with your spouse, and renting out your place. Another option is having her pay you "rent" if she lives at your place. Lots of strategies to protect yourself outside of the dreadful request of a prenup.
First and foremost is the goal of resolving without the courts making the decision for you...