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How do I discuss a prenup with my partner?

Sometimes a married couple finds that they weren't as compatible as they believed before tying the knot, so they opt for divorce. And unfortunately, the divorce process can become very contentious. But if you have a prenuptial agreement, you may be able to eliminate some of the costs and emotional stress of a divorce by having many of the terms set in advance.

If you are preparing to get married, you likely want everything to go as smoothly as possible. In fact, you may be feeling so good about your soon-to-be spouse, the last thing you want to do is rock the boat by bringing up what would happen if the marriage does not work out. Still, you would be wise to obtain all the protections that a prenuptial agreement can offer.

So how do you approach the subject of a prenup without upsetting your partner? Well, according to one legal expert, there are several things you want to keep in mind. First, understand that you will have to walk a fairly fine line. You want to be honest and to the point, but you don't want to simply demand a prenup. It is best to approach the discussion calmly. Let your partner know that your concern is protecting both of your financial interests.

Also, during your discussions, it is extremely important that you listen carefully to what your partner tells you. Make sure that you understand his or her point of view, which can help you avoid conflict. And if things start to get emotional, you can always table the issue and have further discussions later.

It can also be helpful to seek the advice and counsel of an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can help you construct a prenuptial agreement that outlines the details of such things as property division, inheritances and alimony. Understanding how these issues will be handled in the event of a divorce can provide a measure of assurance for both you and your partner.

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