When you fall in love, you don't spend much time (if any) thinking about the possibility of divorce in the future. However, since this is a possibility, it never hurts to take steps to protect yourself in the event of a divorce.
There are many benefits of creating a prenuptial agreement, including but not limited to:
- The opportunity to protect inheritance rights of children from a previous marriage
- Protection of any assets you bring into the marriage
- Protection against debt that the other individual brings into the marriage
While these benefits may appeal to you, creating a prenuptial agreement is easier said than done. Not only do you have to get on the same page as your partner, but you then have to work through a variety of details.
Here are the steps you should take if you're ready to ask your partner about a prenuptial agreement:
- Don't issue demands: While you may have knowledge of the benefits of a prenuptial agreement, it doesn't mean your partner does. Rather than issue demands, talk to your partner about the pros and cons of a prenuptial agreement, allowing them to express their thoughts.
- Talk about the future: It's okay to talk about the future, including both the good and the bad. When you're clear about your fears, it's easier to explain to your partner why you want to create a prenuptial agreement.
- Don't let the conversation take a turn: You may have the best intentions up front, but if either of you becomes upset, it's easy for your discussion to turn into an argument.
- Take it slowly: You don't have to discuss a prenuptial agreement today and settle on the details tomorrow. If you leave enough time before your wedding day, you can slowly and methodically work through the process from start to finish.
It's your hope that your marriage lasts forever, but you have to be realistic with yourself regarding the future. Things can and will change over time, which could lead you to consider divorce.
With a prenuptial agreement in place, it's much easier to work through the details of the divorce process, thus lessening stress and allowing both individuals to move on with their lives.
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