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Follow these tips to effectively discuss a prenuptial agreement

Once you get engaged, you can expect to face a variety of important questions and decisions in the months to come. While you're sure to focus a lot of time and energy on your wedding, you need to look past this. For many, this means considering the creation of a prenuptial agreement.

In your mind, a prenuptial agreement is exactly what you want. You know this document can protect your assets in the event of a future divorce. You also know that asking your partner to sign a prenuptial agreement could result in a disagreement.

Here are several tips you can follow to effectively discuss the creation of a prenuptial agreement with your partner:

  • Make it a two-way conversation: Don't issue demands or talk down on your partner. Instead, have a two-way conversation about the benefits of a prenuptial agreement. Make it clear that you are not the only person who will benefit in this arrangement.
  • Discuss your fears: If you have a clear reason for wanting to create a prenuptial agreement, make it known to your partner. For instance, if you watched your parents go through a bad divorce, you can explain to your partner how a prenuptial agreement can help should you go down the same path.
  • Don't get upset: This is an important conversation, so it's easy to get upset if things are not going as planned. However, if you become angry, it will put the other person off and slow your progress.
  • Ask questions: You want to better understand what your partner is thinking, so don't be shy about asking questions. These can include: What are your thoughts on creating a prenuptial agreement? Do you understand the pros and cons? Do you have any reason to believe it's a bad idea?

If these tips fail you, don't hesitate to leave the conversation alone and revisit it in the future. This will give both of you time to rethink your stance and cool off.

Once you're on the same page, you can then focus on the process for creating a prenuptial agreement. This is something you should do together, as the both of you need to be comfortable with the terms and conditions.

A prenuptial agreement doesn't mean you'll go through a divorce, but it can protect both individuals should this happen.

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