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Talking with your partner about a prenup

A prenup can help you plan for your future. In light of a divorce, having a prenup can prevent significant financial losses. Because it often simplifies the process of separating marital property, you may also reduce the impact that divorce has on your mental and emotional well-being.

For many couples, starting a conversation about getting a prenup is the trickiest part. Knowing how to phrase it in a manner that expresses your genuine concern for everyone’s benefit may improve your confidence during the discussion.

Avoid making demands

While you may feel passionate about getting a prenup, demanding that your partner oblige can cause major discord. Rather than make a forceful demand, carefully consider the reasons why you want a prenup. According to U.S. News, some reasons why you may want a prenup could include the following:

  • You have children from a former relationship
  • You own a business
  • You or your partner have excessive debt
  • You are the beneficiary of an inheritance

You can begin the discussion with an expression of your sincere concern and care for your partner. Then you can lay out the reasons why you feel a formal legal agreement could support each other’s efforts to protect each other.

Listen and empathize

Your partner will most likely have concerns as well. While you may want to defend your stance, show humility and practice listening. Maintain eye contact and empathize with your partner’s feelings. When you can maintain this level of respect throughout the conversation, your partner may feel more motivated to pursue a prenup.

Having a productive discussion is the start of creating a functional prenup. With an agreement in place, you can feel confident about your ability to protect yourself and plan for your future.