For Greenville residents, having a conversation with a significant other about a prenuptial agreement can often be awkward and bring out negative emotions. However, protecting assets before entering into a marriage can be very important should things go wrong.
Traditionally in North Carolina and across the nation, one spouse worked outside the home and brought in income while the other stayed home, took care of the children and tended to household duties. If the marriage ended, the spouse who worked paid spousal support to the one who stayed home until he or she could get on his or her feet financially. In some states, the courts even ordered permanent and lifetime alimony after a divorce. However, those laws are changing, and someone who is going through the dissolution of his or her marriage should plan for the future, alimony may no longer be paid.