Disagreements during your marriage can cover topics from the use of finances to parenting style to business ownership. While conflict is not always preventable and is even part of healthy relationships, proper planning might minimize unnecessary tension.
A prenuptial agreement, for example, allows you to formally discuss important topics that you and your partner may feel differently about. Implementing a prenup at the appropriate time and place will optimize both parties’ protection and could even add value to your relationship.
Sometimes the thought of a prenuptial seems to insinuate distrust. However, this myth actually could not be further from the truth. A well-written prenup that covers specific topics that you and your partner agree upon, can actually have considerable benefits. According to U.S. News, some of these benefits include the following:
- Protection for those you care most about
- Reduction of divorce costs if your relationship ends
- Leveraged control over decisions about your assets
Because a prenuptial agreement is a sensitive topic, you might receive some resistance from your partner. Choosing your strategy carefully could improve your partner’s reception and willingness to have a discussion. Highlight your concern for your partner and for creating a sustainable quality of life. Come from a place of sincerity and allow the other person time to ponder and reach a conclusion.
Begin discussions of a prenuptial well in advance of your marriage. Choose a time when things are not high-stress and both of you are on good terms with the other. Your ability to cordially ask for a discussion about a prenup can make a considerable difference in the chances of a satisfactory outcome.