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What is 'prenuptial housing?'

Approaching the person whom you're going to marry with the suggestion of signing a prenuptial agreement can be daunting enough. What about suggesting the idea of buying "prenuptial housing" There may be such a thing available in the U.S. if one Dutch design and engineering firm is able to sell the concept.

The house, which is designed to float on the water, is actually two separate units that fit together. However, they can be detached into separate residences if the couple decides to split up. The house can also be put back together if they reconcile or if one person decides to move elsewhere.

The designer behind the prenup house said that he came up with the idea when he and his partner were house hunting and he was reflecting on the high divorce rate. He realized that determining what to do with the family home can be problematic in a divorce. He says, "What happens with mortgages, taxes and needing to find something new quick...moving back in with your parents, even. So I thought, 'Why isn't there a house that is built for that?'"

Of course, floating houses aren't as practical here in New York City as they are on the canals of Amsterdam. However, there homes designed with separate entrances and "mother-in-law suites" where people can reside independently under one roof without having to constantly bump into each other.

With real estate prices and rent as high as they are here, finding a new place to live after a divorce can be problematic for New Yorkers. Your family law attorney can offer advice and guidance as you and your spouse work out your living arrangements, both temporary and more permanent ones, during your divorce.

Source: WKBT-TV, "'Prenup' house splits in two," Aug. 17, 2016

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