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Top 10 Wedding Color Trends for 2018
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What are your wedding colors? It is one of the first things you will hear when you announce your engagement. And you maybe already dreamed about your wedding and your colors, as you first attended one as a child. But things change, and colors come and go in style. To keep your wedding the latest, you may want to re-evaluate your plan and take a look at some of the newest trends this year.

Not only are they beautiful and selected by the best designers and experts in color trends such as Pantone, but also facilitates the search for dresses and accessories of bridesmaids in your colors if you choose something that is already popular.

So, What Colors Are Hot This Year?

  1. Mint

Mint Green is back! You have seen it in your old family photo albums of the 70s and 80s. However, there is a reason why it was popular. It is light and clean and looks beautiful in a pastel of a floral bouquet.

  1. Hot Pink

This never seems to go out of style and intense pink causes many other tones as well as works as an ideal accent for fainter tones. Combine it with other citrus tones like oranges or yellows for a bright and happy feeling, great for a wedding day!

  1. Monaco Blue

Somewhere between the navy and the royal lies Monaco blue. Perfect for weddings at sea or nautical theme, this tone is stellar when combined with crisp and clean targets, or with a brighter tone.

  1. Nectarine

This delicious shade is right for an outdoor wedding. Fresh and fun, this color can be used everywhere, as well as the dessert buffet. Imagine how tasty and elegant the fruit and fresh drinks table will be at your reception with this beautiful tone.

  1. Poppy Red

This small and spicy number is for those of you who want to improve things. It’s somewhere between red and orange, and it has all the good of each of them. Combine this with a more subtle tone to make it stand out!

  1. Grayed Jade

Grayed Jade is like the sea breeze, the hazy air of the sea and the natural beauty. It seems that it was surely created to be ideal for the wedding on the beach, or for anybody who wants to bring the beauty and the feeling of the beach to the interior. It is somewhere between a minimized blue ocean and a soft gray.

  1. Dusk Blue

A sophisticated tone of a soft blue sky, but with a little more depth, this popular tone is elegant and discreet. Used only for a simple and clean appearance, or combined with something brighter as an accent, this tone has many options.

  1. Emerald

Rather like a Caribbean ocean, the emerald is in an intoxicating green tone that makes you want to dive! This color seems to be chosen by hand to decorate the wedding in front of the sea. Or help bring the beach to your inner wedding for those of you who will not travel but love the feeling of that sweet sea air! Check here.

  1. Linen

In a few words, for a simple color, the linen is elegant and classy. Combine it with anything or use it just to focus on your natural sophistication.

  1. Tender Shoots

This shade is just a cross between celery and pear. It is soft but still has a good presence of its have. Cool and refreshing, this color is ideal for the summer wedding.

There are several options to make your wedding day shine with the perfect wedding colors for you. If you choose a simple sophistication or something brighter and more daring, you will love how your colors set the tone for your wedding day.…

A Catholic look at pre-nuptial agreements
A Catholic look at pre-nuptial agreements

As a practicing Catholic, it can be difficult to know how to marry [no pun intended] the needs of a society in which a prenuptial agreement is a wise course of action with the doctrine and needs of the church. Below, we look at some of the Catholic viewpoints on the prenuptial agreement.

Does the Catholic Church unilaterally ban divorce?

Firstly, it is a fallacy [though an often represented one] that the Catholic Church is in total opposition to divorce. There are circumstances under which the church will support a movement to divorce, particularly where it effects “certain legal rights, the care of children or the protection of inheritance” [CCC 2383] and/or the “departure of the other spouse” [Canons 1143-1146]. You are not banned from participation in the sacraments as a divorcee- even as the initiating party in a divorce. Those sacramental consequence fall upon divorced persons who later remarry, not every divorced person. Therefore, the prenuptial agreement is not necessarily a violation of church doctrine- it is the terms and circumstances of said prenuptial agreement that must be examined, not its mere existence.However prenuptial agreement is different in different states.

The general reasoning here can be seen as follows: within the doctrines of Catholicism, divorce is a civil mechanism of ‘necessary evil’ to provide an out for those Catholics who undertake marriage under false or impeding circumstances and later wish to escape that marriage and correct their deviation from the path of their spirituality.

So, does Catholicism support the idea of a prenuptial agreement in general?

There is a certain argument to be made for the vows of honour, love etc now included in the modern Catholic wedding ceremony to be seen as a pre-nuptial agreement of sorts- the only actual requirement to become married under the eyes of canonical law is the exchange of intention and consent [“I take you as my husband”/”I take you as my wife”] the rest of the promises made during the wedding ceremony are, as it were, the icing on the cake. The breaking of that ‘icing’ does not void the marriage as it does not void the consent exchanged- it merely voids the promises of love that were made. You certainly can make the argument that the agreement required among marrying Catholics to raise their children as Catholic [only recently dispensed with] was a pre-nuptial agreement. A pre-nuptial agreement, at its most simple, is merely a contract, and such contracts exist under canonical law.

A Catholic look at pre-nuptial agreements

So, as a kind of a contract, a pre-nuptial agreement is not inherently un-Catholic?

Does this mean, then, that the morality of a pre-nuptial agreement, especially within the confines of the church, can be seen as the important thing- not what you label it? Many believe that to be so. Therefore, it’s not impossible to see that the pre-nuptial agreement itself is not the problem or in any violation of church law. Contracts between consenting parties that honour the laws of the church are not forbidden in Catholicism. It is the clauses contained within such contracts that may violate the teachings of the Church.

There is a more prosaic argument here too- an unwilling party cannot prevent a divorce. It is not impossible to imagine a pre-nuptial agreement undertaken and designed to protect against a violation of the teaching of Christ on such matters that would, in fact, serve as a discouragement to civil divorce and an encouragement in the marriage of two serving, devoted Catholics.

So, what should I do as a devoted Catholic?

In the end, it is best to remember the following facts:

  • That the matter of opposition to divorce and the Catholic Church is not a black and white issue.
  • That contracts and situations that can be re-defined as ‘prenuptial agreements’ are not foreign to or against the teachings of the church per se.
  • That, as with any contract under church law, it is the morality of a contract that is more important than the label applied to it.

With these points in mind, the creation of a prenuptial agreement honouring both your faith and protecting your presence in the civil space is not impossible, if undertaken with reference to church, morality and personal intention.…

Prenuptial agreement sample
Prenuptial agreement sample

What needs to be included

If you are thinking about signing a prenuptial agreement before marriage, then you need to know how to make it air tight.

Prenuptial agreements are not always legally binding contracts, and are often voided when put before a judge. So the best advice anyone could give to you, is that you need to do your research

You need to know what exactly a prenuptial agreement can be used for and what can make it void.

What can a prenuptial agreement be used for?

A prenuptial agreement is a contract which outlines how assets are distributed in the case of divorce. It outlines all your assets which you are entering marriage with, and any debts which you may be entering marriage with. This helps to prevent long drawn out divorces which can become bitter.

How many pages should it be?

There are no set guidelines on how long a prenuptial agreement should be. It depends mostly on the assets and agreements, that you and your partner what to set up. It could only need five or six pages to outline everything; then again it might need one hundred. It shouldn’t be too hard to do though, as both partners should have a mutual trust, after all you are about to enter a marriage.

Prenuptial agreement sample

What shouldn’t you put in a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is about assets, not personal matters.

Many a time prenuptial agreements have gone before a judge and been thrown out, because they discussed personal affairs of the marriage. Personal affairs include things like weight gain, frequency of intimacy and hair colour. As silly as it sounds people do try and include matters such as them, and it is a sure fire way to get the agreement totally voided.

Can you totally separate your finances?

You can separate your finances to a certain degree. If a judge thinks that the prenuptial agreement isn’t fair to either side of the party they may null it. So it needs to have a balance. For instance if the prenuptial agreement states that no child support will be paid in case of a divorce, then that will likely void your contract.

Do you need a lawyer to write the contract for you?

You don’t actually need a lawyer to write the prenuptial agreement for you, although it is advised that you do, with them being so tricky to validate. However all occasions call for a lawyer from each party to be present. During the signing if no lawyer is present when the documents are signed, then it doesn’t matter what’s in the thing, it will be thrown out.

If you are looking for a prenuptial agreement sample to base yours on, then there are many widely available on the internet.

Many of them are totally free to view and print too, which can make the job somewhat easier for you. It is wise to remember though that while the subject might be tricky, you need to sign the papers more than 21 days before the marriage ceremony, again if you do it any closer to the wedding it will not be seen as vaild.…

Five reasons your prenuptial agreement might be invalid
Five reasons your prenuptial agreement might be invalid

A prenuptial agreement is not always a legally binding contract and you need to know what a judge might see as an invalid agreement. There is no point in creating a prenuptial agreement at all if it won’t stand up in court. It’s been said that 1 in 3 marriages ends in divorce. So having a legally binding prenuptial agreement is always the best way to go.

21 days before you marriage

If you sign the prenuptial agreement less than 21 days before your marriage ceremony then it might be seen as invalid in court. This is because a judge might be persuaded that one of the parties was pressured into signing the document.

Keep it financial

Your prenuptial agreement could be classed as void if you involve any personal matters. A prenup is about money nothing else. You don’t want to bring any aspect of your marriage into the document.

It’s not about the kids

If you have children or are planning to have children during marriage then you don’t want to involve them in your agreement. This could void the entire document should it go to court.

Make sure you’re honest

If a judge thinks anyone has been duped they will write off the whole contract. Each person needs to know 100% of the others finances, to make an informed choice about signing.

Five reasons your prenuptial agreement might be invalid

Have a lawyer present

If you go ahead and have prenuptial agreement then on signing, have a lawyer present, to witness it happening. Having someone in the field of law watch you sign it, will stop most doubt in court about whether both parties understood what they were doing. Some people can be bitter through divorce and you don’t want them to be able to make false claims.

Keep it updated

If any major changes occur in your life, to do with your finances then you might want to update your contract. As they could and sometimes do leave the original one void. While you might be happy in your marriage it is still wise to keep to the agreement.

Just for that security in case anything did go wrong.

Some extra thoughts

It is always wise to treat the subject carefully with your partner. Some might take it as a sign of distrust in the relationship. You need to make it clear that it is only part of looking after your assets, and nothing to do with the actual relationship itself. Just because you might not be a millionaire doesn’t mean you don’t have a right to protect your assets.

$30,000 can mean just as much as a million, if you have spent your time working for it and saving it up. Make sure they know that just because you are safeguarding in case of divorce, doesn’t mean you think you will get divorced.

If you make sure they understand that, then you can avoid a lot of potentially hurt feelings. You don’t want either of you feeling unsure about the relationship before the marriage.…