How can I introduce the idea of a prenup to my partner?
As the summer approaches, many happy couples are making wedding plans. Congratulations if you are among those who are planning to tie the knot in the not-too-distant future. While all is going well now, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the future. This is why you may want to have an honest talk with your partner about your shared finances.
One of the best ways to clarify financial expectations is to create a prenuptial agreement. Perhaps you have reservations about bringing the subject up. After all, you don’t want your partner to get the wrong idea about your intentions. As such, it is important to take a careful approach when attempting to discuss a prenuptial agreement.
First, be aware that timing is everything. Do not broach the subject when the two of you are otherwise at odds. Rather, choose a time when you are both able to have a reasoned and in-depth conversation on the matter. If during your discussion, your partner should start to get upset, it is best to table the matter for another time. Be sure to reassure your partner that your desire to have a prenup is not based on distrust but rather the desire to make sure that both of your personal finances are protected.
A well-written prenup can benefit both spouses in many ways. For one thing, it can provide both parties a level of certainty about their future. A prenup is a contract, and it is helpful to solicit the services of someone who is experienced in crafting such documents. For this reason, it is a good idea to have a family law attorney work with you to develop the terms of your prenuptial agreement.