A prenuptial agreement, or prenup, is an agreement that is drawn up sometime before a couple gets married.
For some couples, a prenup is a highly controversial issue and can lead to some hard feelings. If only one partner is asking for a prenup, it might feel to the other as if either the first partner doesn’t trust the marriage, or that they don’t trust that their partner will play fairly should things not work out.
The sad reality is that as many as 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Although when people say “I do,” they might mean it, at some point they might change their mind to “I don’t anymore.” When that happens, things can get complex, pretty quickly.
A prenuptial agreement is an agreement that is drawn up sometime before a wedding. It is an agreement about who gets what assets if the marriage should ever end in dissolution (divorce). Typically thought of as something that only happens among the rich and famous who use a prenup to keep gold diggers at bay, a prenup agreement can actually be one of the best ways to prevent a divorce for some couples. For others, it is a great way to stop divorce from getting contentious and ugly.
A prenuptial agreement (prenup) is an agreement in which a couple decides what will happen to the assets if the marriage doesn’t work. It also dictates what happens if one spouse should die, so it can double as a will since it protects the assets of the other person.
Most people think of a prenuptial agreement as only being beneficial to the person who enters the marriage either with more assets or a wealthier financial situation, but a prenup is also offering great security for the person who earns less. Realistically knowing what you are entitled to should anything happen in a marriage gives both parties a greater understanding of the big picture.
How to Approach Your Partner about Having a Prenup
To make sure that there is no animosity for asking for a prenuptial agreement, it is a good subject to bring up while you are still in the dating stage. Getting used to the idea is easier when emotions aren’t high and the relationship has progressed so far that a prenup conversation may raise suspicions.
If you know that you are going to want to protect your assets and to plan out what each partner is entitled to, no matter who you marry, then a prenup is always a good thing to discuss before your wedding day. You don’t want your prenuptial agreement to be the reason for your break up before you are even married.
Then again, if having a conversation about a prenuptial agreement breaks up your relationship before the marriage occurs, there might not have been strong enough communication to make it through the peaks and valleys that every marriage will experience in the first place. Knowing how your partner will react before you are too invested is a safety risk.
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