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How to Ask Your Soon to be Spouse for a Pre-nup

For many people, falling in love and preparing for marriage is a process that is so wonderful that they lose sight of the harsh reality that anything can happen and marriages often end. Therefore, the idea of a Pre-Nup is many times not spoken of, as it implies that there is a possibility that the soon to be marriage could potentially result in divorce one day. If you have assets, it is in your best interest to have a Pre-Nup prepared, but initiating a conversation with your spouse regarding the same is not always easy. The following are a few tips to assist you in asking your spouse for a Pre-Nup, while decreasing the chances of bringing turbulence to your relationship:

Bring it up in the Beginning

If possible, at the beginning of any relationship, make it known that you intend to sign a Pre-Nup with whomever you marry. Your soon to be spouse will be aware and prepared for the conversation, eliminating any shock or personal concerns that you doubt the marriage will last.

Use Good Timing

If you are already engaged and you haven’t discussed your desire for a Pre-Nup, choose your timing wisely. Avoid having the discussion during or close to any time of celebration, as you do not want to ruin the mood. Try to have the conversation much earlier than your wedding day.

Be Informative and Prepared

Make sure that you illustrate to your spouse that you will make sure that he or she is taken care of in the event of a split. Be prepared by knowing what you are going to give and what you are asking for, and explain the reasoning to your spouse in a way that he or she can relate to. Both parties can benefit from the Pre-Nup if it is negotiated fairly.

Concern for the Children

Asking for a Pre-Nup is easier if either of you have children from a previous marriage. Anyone can understand the need to protect the assets that your children are entitled to.

For more information, contact us at edamaral@amarallaw.com.

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