You’re talking about spending the rest of your life together and then someone throws up the idea of a prenuptial agreement. If handled incorrectly it can become quite a heated debate.
It is becoming more and more common for couples to hash out the financial details should they not get their happily ever after.
Here are a few tips for broaching the subject with respect and understanding.
As prenuptial agreements have become more and more common, your partner might not be surprised when you bring up the subject. Being clear, concise and straightforward is often the best way to deal with things. Whilst it might seem negative to be considering the outcome should the worst happen while you are still ordering the wedding flowers, the reality is each party goes in knowing what to expect should the union not last for whatever reason. The most practical part of all is that a fair and amicable agreement is reached when both parties are thinking rationally and reasonably.
Reassure your partner that the prenuptial agreement is a way that both parties can be in control of their financial independence. It also means that each party has an idea of what they are entitled to should the union end, and the process is a lot quicker, seamless, and less painful.
When couples come together it includes the merging of all their assets, but what happens when they part? This is where a prenuptial agreement will assist with giving each party a level of certainty about how they can move forward.
Listen to your partner
Whilst you might have been thinking about this for some time, this is the first your partner is hearing about it. Listen to their concerns and make sure you don’t dismiss their feelings. What might seem perfectly logical to you, might not be so straightforward for your partner.
Be prepared to try, try again
Your partner might have been caught off guard when you started to talk a prenuptial agreement, but that’s no reason to abandon the idea. Wait until your partner has had time to think it over and bring up the subject again, you might be surprised to find that they have had time to digest the information and they will see how it can benefit both parties
If you are considering if a binding financial agreement is for you or not it is a good idea to come and speak to the caring team of family lawyers at Collective Family Law Group on the Gold Coast & Brisbane. We can go through the process with you and advise you if it is right for you or not.