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How can we avoid divorce after a bad act?

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2023 | Divorce |

When you wed your spouse, you thought about all the good times to be had. You thought about building your life together. However, what you did not expect were bad acts. These could be infidelity, gambling losses, etc. And, while many people’s gut reaction is divorce, you may still love your spouse and want to work back to a healthy relationship. However, how can you avoid an Ohio divorce after a bad act? One possible solution is a postnuptial agreement.

Postnuptial agreements

If consequences or corrective actions are what you need, and you want your spouse’s promises to have teeth, a possible solution is a postnuptial agreement. Unlike a prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial agreement is done after a marriage. Though, what they do is largely the same, but it can help couples move forward.

Demonstrates commitment

First, entering into postnuptial negotiations and then, entering one can show willingness to work on the marriage and a commitment to make it better by both spouses. You both will be forced to confront the issues within your marriage and figure out ways to solve those issues. And, by doing this, you show that you can build back trust and create an honest and transparent relationship.

Clarity and security

Next, postnuptial agreements provide clarity and security. For clarity, the agreement lays out your understandings on how money, property, debts, etc. are handled both now and should the marriage eventually end in divorce. And, since this is a legally enforceable agreement, you have the security you need to rebuild your emotional connection.

Punishments, rights and interests

Finally, a postnuptial agreement can provide for punishments for bad acts and outline your rights and interests, should a divorce be necessitated by further bad acts of your spouse. This could be compensation for bad acts, more favorable treatment in a divorce, should it be caused by more bad acts, etc.

For example, if your spouse incurred large gambling loses or spent a large amount of money during an affair, you can compensate yourself for this in the postnuptial agreement through alimony or property division agreements that favor the non-bad acting spouse.

Of course, there are other paths back to a happy marriage. Though, a postnuptial agreement can be a key tool.