No one wants a divorce, let alone a divorce or an expensive one, but a prenup can be especially valuable if one or both parties own a business. Suppose you started a business five years ago, perhaps before you met your spouse. Do you want this business to become marital property, subject to distribution by the courts in the event of a divorce? Or do you now prefer to work with your partner to develop a plan that determines what happens to the company and has rights to which assets? A sunset arrangement can be inserted into a marriage agreement stipulating that the contract expires after a specified period. In Maine, it automatically expires after the birth of a child, provided the parties do not renew the contract if the parties do not renew the agreement.  In other countries, a number of years of marriage will result in the expiration of a marriage. In countries that have adopted the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (UPAA), there is no sunset provision in the law, but one could be under private contract. Note that the states have different versions of the UPAA. While almost no one would marry with the intention of getting a divorce, it is worth considering the possibility, especially if one or both parties are more enterprising. There is still an element of stigma surrounding marital agreements, perhaps because some feel that a prenup anticipates divorce before the marriage is even celebrated. Discussing what would happen if you stray may not be the climax of the romance, but there should be no shame. In the United States, marital agreements are recognized in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and are enforceable if prepared in accordance with state and state requirements. It has been reported that the demand for marriage contracts in the United States has increased in recent years, especially for millennial couples.     In a 2016 survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), member lawyers reported that the total number of clients seeking premarital marriage arrangements has increased in recent years, particularly with the Millennial generation, with the greatest interest in protecting capital gains in the case of separate ownership, inheritance and shared ownership.
 Protecting your business and your future is part of the success of the business, and marriage will certainly contribute to the support you get at home, which will push your family to the next stage of the benefit.