Getting divorced is most likely not something you wish to discuss at the onset of a happy, productive relationship. However, you never know what could happen in the future.
A prenuptial agreement allows you the opportunity to formally discuss expectations and protections. With a solid arrangement in place, you can have reassurance about your well-being in the future.
Starting a discussion
There are ways to bring up the topic of a prenuptial agreement without sounding crass or pessimistic. Having this arrangement can actually add a lot of value to your relationship and may improve trust and respect. When approaching the conversation, reaffirm your concern for your partner’s well-being. Express your desire for both parties to have adequate protection and stability throughout life, despite what the future holds.
Bringing up the topic at an appropriate time and with adequate forethought may improve your delivery. Allow your partner time to think about your suggestion. Have an open mind and listen intently to concerns. If a prenuptial is something you want to have, give yourself enough time to have productive discussions well in advance of your marriage.
Developing an agreement
A prenuptial agreement may contain a variety of factors including financial obligations, asset distribution and clarifications on business ownership, for example. Your final agreement may require multiple drafts before completion. According to U.S. News, one way to verify that your prenuptial agreement contains all of the necessary components is to collaborate with your legal team. They can help you comb through your concerns and articulate your thoughts.
A prenuptial agreement can save you a lot of time, stress and resources should a split ever happen. With the right approach, you and your spouse can both yield benefits from having one.