Despite the fact prenups are more popular than ever, many people still view them negatively. If your spouse doesn't like the idea of a prenup, negotiating one can be difficult, even if you know it would help you have a more equitable marriage. Understanding how to navigate the process of developing a prenup with your partner can help you form a comprehensive marital agreement without getting your marriage off on the wrong foot.
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Broaching the Subject of a Prenup with Your Partner
Frequently, the most difficult part of getting a prenup is figuring out how to bring up the fact you want one with your partner. Many people associate prenups with divorce, and assume the only reason to get one is if you expect your marriage to fail.
It's important to set approach the subject of getting a prenup from a different angle. You may want to hit on these points:
Prenups Can Make a Marriage More Equitable
Prenups don't just identify how marital and separate assets are distributed during divorce. They can also set terms for how you and your partner handle assets and liabilities during your marriage.
Assuming you don't expect to get divorced from your partner (and if you do, why are you marrying them?), you should emphasize that a prenup can help ensure your partnership remains equitable throughout the marriage.
Prenups Encourage Honesty
People never like talking about their finances, but considering that financial disagreements are one of the most common predictors of divorce, understanding where you and your partner are at financially is vital if you want to maintain a healthy union.
As part of developing a prenup, you'll need to disclose all your assets and liabilities to your partner, and vice versa. This can sometimes come with awkward surprises, such as learning your fiance is buried under credit card debt or has more assets than you first assumed, but couples typically come out stronger on the other side.
Understanding each other's spending habits and current financial state can help you set boundaries during your marriage and achieve healthy spending habits together.
Being Realistic About the Future Is Important
Having a prenup doesn't just prevent one spouse from having their assets taken by the other in the event of a divorce - it also helps ensure that a future divorce, if it happens, is amicable and streamlined.
That's an important note to hit on. It's impossible to predict how you and your partner's lives will change throughout your marriage. You may decide to go your separate ways at some to no fault of either party, and a prenup can make that potential eventuality easier.
Our prenup attorneys can help you negotiate for a prenup that protects your rights and interests. Contact us online or via phone at (305) 853-9161 to learn more.