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Prenuptial agreements:
Keeping it up to date

Joseph P. Zwack, an Iowa lawyer and author of a best-selling handbook Premarital Agreements: When, Why and How to Write Them, encourages couples with prenups to review them every few years.

After 10 years of marriage, for example, you might want to consider giving your spouse more than the original prenup provided for. "Prenuptial agreements are written defensively," he said, "so after a certain number of years, it's good to be more generous."

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One option for softening the blow of a prenup is to add a "sunset clause," which specifies a time at which the contract would expire -- for example, after 10 years of marriage.

"Some people like that idea, others don't," says Dunnan. "However, marriages do end after 10 or 20 years, so review it with your lawyers carefully."


Proper legal procedures Benefits of prenups

--Posted: June 15, 1999

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