As you prepare for your wedding day, the last thing on your mind is divorce. Instead, you have every reason to believe that your marriage will last forever.
Since there’s no way to predict the future, it never hurts to explore the possibility of creating a prenuptial agreement. You can use this to protect yourself and your assets in the event of a divorce.
But there’s something stand in your way: You still need to ask your soon-to-be spouse to sign a prenuptial agreement.
You don’t want to give off the impression that you’re already thinking about marital trouble, so it’s critical to tread lightly.
Here are three steps you can take to ask for a prenuptial agreement without causing trouble:
- Discuss your fears: If you’re going to ask for a prenuptial agreement, you must do so with an open mind. Neglecting to share your fears and true feelings can come across as suspicious. No matter your reason for wanting a prenuptial agreement, share it with your partner. For example, you may have concerns about divorce because you’ve witnessed your parents or a sibling go through the process.
- Have an open conversation: The biggest mistake you can make is issuing demands. Telling your partner that they have to sign a prenuptial agreement is a huge mistake, as it will push them away from you. Furthermore, if you force your partner into signing, the agreement may not hold up in the court of law.
- Take your time: The sooner you discuss the idea of creating a prenuptial agreement, the more time you’ll have before your wedding day arrives. This allows you to take your time as you work through the many details. It also gives you the opportunity to step back should the conversation become too much for one or both of you to handle.
Once you’re on the same page, you can work through the finer details of your prenuptial agreement. Take your time, ask and answer questions, and only sign on the dotted line when both of you are 100 percent comfortable with the terms and conditions.
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