How do I Ask for a Prenup?

Aug 8, 2019 | Divorce | 0 comments

If you’re thinking about a prenuptial agreement, you may be feeling nervous about bringing up the topic with your fiancé or partner. You may be asking yourself: How do I ask for a prenup? Or, maybe your fiancé wants a prenup and you feel uncomfortable about it.

Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About Planning for the Future

A prenup means that you and your partner have an open and honest relationship, which can support a successful marriage. A prenup does not mean that either of you doubts the strength of your marriage.

Indeed, good communication is the bedrock of any good relationship. It’s vital that couples talk about difficult topics, such as family finances, inheritance, and what happens to property when you die. Prenuptial agreements help couples solve these problems before marriage as part of the estate planning process, setting the stage for a successful relationship firmly rooted in transparency and trust from the start.

If you want to get a prenup, you may still be dreading a conversation with your fiancé about it. Some people have a negative view of prenuptial agreements. That may describe you. That might describe your fiancé or partner. Even though you know a prenup is the right thing to do, your instinct may be to stay silent and keep the peace.

Couples in happy and healthy marriages talk about difficult issues, including money and family finances. They plan together for the future. Staying silent builds anger and resentment over the long term, and it’s best to be honest and upfront with your partner from the start.

Your Fiancé May Have Similar Thoughts or Feelings

More likely than not, your spouse already guesses or knows you want a prenup. He or she can probably guess the reasons why you want a prenup too. Your fiancé or partner might not be surprised when you bring it up. The awkward conversation you’re imaging may not be as uncomfortable as you’re expecting.

Your partner may even have similar thoughts or feelings. If you make more money than your spouse, or will bring significant property into the marriage, your partner probably understands and appreciates that already. Talking about it now may prevent problems later.

Choose the Right Time and Place

Pick a time when your partner is not preoccupied with some other issue. Choose a place where he or she feels most comfortable. Talking about a prenup on the couch at home may be good. Saying you want a prenup during a fight about money is definitely bad. You know your partner better than anyone. Rely on your instincts, and you’ll know the right time and place.

You Must Be Able to Explain Why You Want a Prenup

You must be able to clearly explain why you want a prenup. Give serious thought about why you want a prenup. Also think about what you’ll say to your partner about it. Thinking about these things in advance is key to talking to your fiancé about getting a prenup.

Suggest Meeting With a Trusted Local Attorney

Involving a local Austin prenup attorney as an experienced third party is the next logical step in the process. Having someone ready to suggest to your partner during the conversation shows you’ve put thought into this decision and want to do it the right way for the both of you.

Asking your partner for a prenup can certainly sound scary considering its reputation. You can feel confident in the fact that it can be the smart decision for you and your spouse to establish transparency and set the standard for an open and honest relationship, emotionally and financially. You and your spouse will be thankful later.

If you still have questions or concerns, Thompson Law can be your experienced advisor. Contact Scott Thompson for trusted advice in navigating the entire prenup process.

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