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The best way to discuss a prenuptial agreement with your partner

You’ve done your homework and you’re convinced that you and your partner should create and sign a prenuptial agreement before your wedding day. While you’re positive about the benefits, you have some doubts about how your partner will feel.

Only you know how to best approach a prenuptial agreement with your partner, but if you’re wondering where to start and how to have the conversation here are some tips you can follow.

  • Start with the truth: Sometimes, getting your feelings into the open is the most difficult part. Tell your partner why you want a prenuptial agreement, without hiding any of your true feelings.
  • Explain the benefits: Your partner may be unfamiliar with the benefits of a prenuptial agreement, thus leading them to quickly turn you down. Upon explaining the benefits, they may see things differently.
  • Ask and answer questions: The worst thing you can do is try to force your partner to sign a prenuptial agreement. Not only will this cause tension between the two of you, but it could invalidate the agreement in the instance of a future divorce.
  • Take your time: This only works if you leave enough time between your first conversation and your wedding day, so don’t delay in bringing this up. The more time you have, the easier it is to prevent a situation in which you have to cram everything into one conversation.

When you follow these tips, you’re able to more confidently discuss a prenuptial agreement with your partner. And with the right approach, you’re in a better position to reach an agreement that suits both of you.

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