There are benefits to planning ahead. While it may not seem like a positive experience when it is first brought up, many couples in Texas and elsewhere can benefit by drafting a prenuptial agreement before getting married. Even if both spouses believe that they will never divorce, there is nothing wrong with planning ahead and protecting oneself.
When one decides to include a prenup in their marriage, the first thing they must do is bring it up to their significant other before they tie the knot. Although this is just a conversation, it is often one that is highly dreaded. Even though prenups have grown in popularity, this does not make it any easier to bring up or talk about. Thus, it is important to arm yourself with the right tools when it comes time to talk about drafting a prenuptial agreement.
To start, it is important to begin the conversation as soon as possible. Not only do you owe it to your partner to do this but this will also give you enough time to sort through any issues. Next, prepare yourself for the awkwardness and the heaviness of the conversation. It is also vital to have a good perspective on the matter, like how much of a headache this will save both of you later on if the marriage doesn’t last.
Because all marriages end, whether through divorce or death, taking the time to draft a prenup makes the inevitable easier. It is important to point out that when a prenup is drafted properly, it tends to benefit the lower-earning spouse as well. Finally, note that the marital document is co-created, providing input and decisions from both spouses.
If you are considering entering into a prenup, it is imperative to understand the benefits of this document and how best to go about the drafting process. Although this is often a difficult process to start and work through, including this document in a marriage could make property division and other types of decisions much easier if divorce occurs.
Source: Huffington Post, “How To Bring Up A Prenup Without Sounding Like A Jerk,” Brittany Wong, Jan. 19, 2018