Even though you’re excited about marrying your partner, you’re likely to have some concerns. And for many people, that brings them to consider the benefits of creating a prenuptial agreement.
The first step in creating a prenuptial agreement is talking to your partner about doing so. After all, you both have to agree to the terms and conditions.
Here are some tips for having this conversation:
- Honesty is the best policy: Don’t attempt to hide your true feelings from your partner. Tell them why you want a prenuptial agreement, what it can do for the two of you and how to proceed when ready. When you hide something, it will eventually show through.
- Don’t make demands: This is where many people falter. Instead of having an open and honest conversation, they attempt to force their partner into creating a prenuptial agreement. Not only does this cause tension in your relationship, but it can invalidate your agreement.
- Leave enough time: Don’t assume that it’ll only take a few days to hash out the details of your prenuptial agreement. It’s advantageous to leave time in your schedule, as doing so allows you to walk away from discussions if tensions rise.
Why is a prenuptial agreement a good idea?
While a prenuptial agreement will do something different for everyone, here is a small sampling of reasons to consider it:
- Protect the inheritance rights of children from a former relationship
- Outline how retirement assets are distributed
- Management of joint debt, such as credit cards
- Protecting an inheritance
- Protecting assets that each individual brings into the marriage
The thought alone of asking your partner for a prenuptial agreement is enough to increase your blood pressure. You don’t want them to think that you’re already considering divorce, but you realize that it’s a conversation you need to have.
Once you and your partner are on the same page, you can talk through the terms and conditions of your prenuptial agreement. This will lead you to create an agreement that suits the both of you, both now and in the future. And that’s sure to give you peace of mind.