Wedding season is just around the corner. If you are tying the knot, considering a prenuptial agreement is not out of the ordinary. More people are getting married after developing a career and cultivating own wealth independent of their soon-to-be spouse. Also, those entering their second marriages may have continuing support obligations.
With that, the question of how to approach a prenuptial agreement is still important. This post will provide some helpful hints on how to broach the topic.
Know the other person’s temperament – Indeed, talking about prenuptial agreements is not the most romantic thing in the world to discuss with your future spouse; especially considering the underlying sentiment behind it. Because of the sensitive nature of prenuptial agreements, it is critical to know how your soon-to-be spouse will react to such a discussion before proposing it.
Be aware of the assets you’re trying to protect –Prenuptial agreements are generally meant to protect each spouse’s separate property. So if you and your soon-to-be spouse are not entering the marriage with many assets on your own, chances are that you may not need a prenup.
Have ongoing discussions about how to handle marital problems – Prenups are not always about keeping money or property that you came into the marriage with. Dealing with problems is at the heart of every prenuptial agreement. With that said, having provisions about undergoing counseling before getting a divorce may be helpful.
If you have additional questions about the legal requirements of a prenuptial agreement, an experienced family law attorney can advise you.