How to Talk About a Prenuptial Agreement with Your FiancéBy Moskowitz Law Group, LLC |
Prenuptial agreements can be a great solution for ensuring that your assets are protected when going into a marriage. While many people think of prenups as a way of asking for a divorce before the marriage has even started, this could not be further from the truth. Instead, these agreements can help parties map out potential issues ahead of time and provide a greater sense of security for both spouses.
Although prenuptial agreements are mutually beneficial, it can be tricky to bring this idea up to a partner. If you are unsure of how to talk about a prenuptial agreement with your fiancé, read on.
When to Initiate the Conversation
Although it may be a difficult conversation for some, the best time to speak to your fiancé about creating a prenuptial agreement is well before marriage. The reality is that almost 50% of marriages in the United States will end in divorce or separation. While it is hard or even unimaginable to think about this when someone is about to get married, it is something that both spouses need to consider.
Laying all your cards on the table of your expectations surrounding finances and assets can prevent arguments further down the line in your marriage. You can do this by having an open and honest conversation with your fiancé and working on the document together while each of you have the help of a family law attorney. Going about prenuptial agreements as a team can help ensure that both of your interests are represented.
Importantly, one of the best way to ensure your agreement will be enforced in court is for each spouse to have their own attorney, rather than just one spouse having an attorney. As a reminder, a family law attorney cannot represent both spouses relative to preparing a prenup.
Do Not Wait to Get Started on a Prenup
It is also important not to wait until the last minute to ask your fiancé about a prenuptial agreement. You should give them ample time to think it through before making a decision, minimizing the pressure put on them and going in as equal partners before the wedding. Rushing this process could result in less-than-ideal outcomes down the line.
A Family Law Attorney Can Assist with Your Prenuptial Agreement
Although figuring out how to talk about a prenuptial agreement can be difficult, having this agreement in place is best for everyone involved. If you and your partner are ready to draft a prenuptial agreement, do so with the assistance of a skilled family law attorney. We can walk you through the process of forming a prenup and address any questions that arise along the way. Contact us at Moskowitz Law Group to get started.