You hope to spend the rest of your life with the person you marry, but you realize that something could happen that results in divorce. There are many ways to protect yourself, with a prenuptial agreement among the best.
Discussing and creating a prenuptial agreement is never easy, as you don't want to give off the vibe that you're already thinking about divorce.
By avoiding these five common mistakes, you'll find it easier to efficiently move through the process without any hard feelings:
- Issuing demands: Telling your partner they have to sign a prenuptial agreement is a demand you never want to make. Not only will this put stress on your relationship, but even if the person agrees, the prenuptial agreement could be determined invalid in the future.
- Hiding your true feelings: You know why you're asking for a prenuptial agreement, so lay out your feelings for your partner to understand. This isn't the time to hide your feelings, as doing so may come across as sneaky. If you're going to marry your partner, you should feel comfortable discussing your feelings.
- Becoming upset or angry: For example, if your partner continues to question your motives, it's easy to lose your cool. Doing so will only complicate matters, as it typically drives your partner away.
- Neglecting to listen: Creating a prenuptial agreement is a two-way street. If you try to control the process, your partner will feel like they don't have any say. Listen carefully, ask questions and answer questions.
- Waiting until the last minute: You shouldn't wait until a few days or weeks before your wedding to discuss a prenuptial agreement. It takes a lot of time to get on the same page. Once that happens, you still need to work together to create a legal prenuptial agreement. The longer you wait, the greater chance there is that you'll forgo a prenuptial agreement altogether or make a costly mistake.
By avoiding these mistakes when discussing and creating a prenuptial agreement, it's easier for you and your partner to feel good about the steps you're taking.
With so many legalities to consider, don't hesitate to learn more about your rights and seek professional assistance.