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How to ask for a prenuptial agreement (without causing trouble)

Is your wedding day getting closer? Are you hoping to discuss the creation of a prenuptial agreement with your soon-to-be spouse in the near future? Are you worried that doing so could lead to trouble?

Despite the many benefits of a prenuptial agreement, you might be tempted to never discuss this with your  fiancé because of concerns over how he or she will react. While this is a valid concern, if you have reason to believe a prenuptial agreement is a must, it can be important to have such a discussion as soon as possible. 

Here are a few tips you might find helpful for trying to avoid trouble when asking for a prenup:

  • Have a conversation with your fiancé, as opposed to issuing demands and hoping that he or she agrees. The creation of a prenuptial agreement is not a one-way road. You must realize that this is meant to benefit both individuals. Don't make demands, as this is one of the quickest ways to find trouble.
  • Be open and honest about your reasons for wanting to create a prenuptial agreement. Forget about hiding your true feelings. Now's not the time for that. You need to be open and honest, sharing your reasons for wanting a prenuptial agreement and the benefits for both individuals.
  • Take your time. You don't have an indefinite amount of time, as your wedding day is closing in, but that doesn't mean you should rush. If you don't figure everything out in your first conversation, put it on the shelf for a few days. Once both of you cool down, you can revisit this idea and see if you can make any additional progress.

Even if you are nervous about asking for a prenuptial agreement, if it's something you want to discuss, it can be critical to bring it to light. There's no point in sitting back and just hoping for the best.

Getting informed of how to discuss the creation of a prenuptial agreement, as well as the process for getting started once you both agree to this, could help with getting things to fall into place the right way.

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