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How Can I Bring Up a Prenuptial Agreement with My Partner?

Posted on in Family Law

Wheaton prenup attorneyPrenuptial agreements are marital contracts that cover a wide range of issues. These documents are grossly misunderstood by the general public. Some people assume that prenuptial agreements are only necessary if a spouse intends to get divorced or does not take the marriage seriously. Others assume that if a spouse asks for a prenuptial agreement, he or she plans to take advantage of the other spouse financially. Although these myths are slowly being replaced by facts, it can still be a difficult topic to broach with a fiancé(e).

Wait Until the Right Time to Talk About a Prenup

Prenuptial agreements are increasingly popular among engaged couples, especially couples who own substantial assets or investments or have substantial debts. If you are interested in signing a prenup before tying the knot, you may be unsure of how to bring it up with your partner.

If you and your significant other have just gotten into an argument or you have a dinner date scheduled in 40 minutes, that is not the right time to bring up a prenuptial agreement. This conversation is extremely important, and it deserves ample time and attention. Wait until you have several hours free and you and your partner are on good terms before bringing up the prenup.

Focus on Collaboration, Not Demands

Prenuptial agreements, when executed correctly, do not only benefit one spouse. Both parties should feel as if their needs are being met and their rights are being protected by the contract. Therefore, any discussions about a prenuptial agreement should be collaborative in nature. Make sure you listen and acknowledge your partner’s questions and concerns. If you begin the discussion with a list of demands, it is likely to devolve into an argument.

Work With the Right Attorney

Prenuptial agreements can be complex documents with provisions covering a wide range of issues. Understandably, your partner may have questions that you cannot answer on your own. This is where a skilled family law attorney comes into play. Your lawyer can sit down with you and your partner and explain the advantages of the prenuptial agreement for both of you. He or she can help tailor-make a mutually beneficial prenuptial agreement that covers the relevant issues.

Contact a DuPage County Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer

Prenuptial agreements can identify marital and non-marital property, address inheritance concerns, dictate spousal maintenance in the event of divorce, and more. If you are interested in constructing a prenuptial agreement, contact the skilled Wheaton family law attorneys at Goostree Law Group. Call us at 630-364-4046 today for a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.businessinsider.com/why-sign-a-prenup-marriage-divorce-2018-9

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