Should it be compulsory for couples to sign a prenuptial agreement before marriage?
Marriages are sacred and legal union of a man and a woman who vowed to live as one for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death does them apart. It is a voluntary agreement of uniting your life to form a family. Rings and coins are being used in a marriage ceremony to represents the union of life and the merging of their treasure.
Prenuptial agreements are mostly done for financial purposes. As defined, it is a contract entered into prior to marriage or civil union by the people intending to marry. The content of a prenuptial agreement can vary widely, but commonly includes provisions for division of property and spousal support in the event of divorce or breakup of marriage. It is sort of protection of wealth accumulated before and after marriage.
When you married someone, you vowed to respect, love and trust each other for the rest of your life. As individual, you are marrying the person whom you can trust with your life, so how much more with your wealth or properties. Having a prenuptial agreement is like putting a wall in between. An agreement that your spouse does not have any rights as to your belongings before marriage, or an assurance that your spouse will share his properties with you or a promissory note regarding financial support. It is something that indirectly questioning the trustworthiness of your life partner. In the presence of this kind of agreement, couples seem not confident with one another because they are assuming that negative things will happen between them so it is necessary to protect the wealth and properties of each other. Selfishness and doubt are obviously being reflected here.
Although people have different purposes why they decided to sign a prenuptial agreement, still, it can’t be done compulsory. The sanctity of marriage must still be bounded by sincere trust, full respect and unconditional love. It should not be guided by any agreement particularly concerning material things.
In marriage, you voluntarily engaged yourself and tie the knot with someone you personally choose. If you still find doubt within your heart as to the trustworthiness of that person, it is then better for you not to get married at all. Because in marriage, you are both believing that you will live together until death do you apart and projection of separation have no place in the sacrament. Whatever properties and wealth issues, it should not be associated with marriage because there is legal law that bounds this aspect.