Many Pennsylvania residents have considered signing a prenuptial agreement. For a variety of reasons, however, many do not go through with the signing. Some may find it unromantic, or contrary to the spirit of marriage. Rather than romantic or in line with the spirit of marriage, prenuptial agreements should be thought of as merely prudent measures that can help prevent any number of disastrous divorce outcomes from occurring.
Of course, upon making the prudent decision to sign a prenuptial agreement, the couple will want to ensure the contents of the agreement serve to best satisfy their wishes. Also, the couple will want to make sure the agreement complies with any laws that may come into play. Failing to take certain steps can result in an agreement being rendered invalid.
A prenuptial agreement may be rendered invalid is if it is not properly finalized. In order for it to be considered legitimate, both parties need to sign the agreement before the actual wedding occurs. To prevent it from being rendered invalid, the agreement will also need to be committed to written form. Pressure by the other spouse, family or lawyer can also render a prenuptial agreement invalid. False or incomplete information, and invalid provisions in the agreement, that is, certain clauses that are found to be illegal, can all also render a prenuptial agreement invalid.
For prenuptial agreements to be considered legal and valid, there are many steps couples must take. These steps can be complicated. This is why it is often helpful to seek out the aid of a family law attorney. With help, it may be possible to take the prudent step of signing a prenuptial agreement without having to worry about it being rendered invalid.
Source: Find Law, "Top 10 Reasons a Premarital Agreement May Be Invalid," Accessed on Jan. 31, 2016