On average, couples today are older and further into their careers before entering marriage. It is not uncommon for one or both spouses to have children from prior relationships. The unfortunate reality is that many marriages fail. Unless couples take specific measures preemptively to determine the disposition of income and property upon death or divorce, they may not be able to preserve separate legacies for these children. Discussing and negotiating a marital property or prenuptial agreement may not be romantic or comfortable. However, much less stress and expense when addressing these issues early rather than waiting until the relationship has already ended. Axley attorneys educate clients about the different options and can help couples successfully navigate this delicate conversation.