The marriage proposal was completely romantic. Planning the wedding and discussing the guest list has brought you even closer together as a couple. Then a conversation about setting up a prenuptial agreement was broached, and this felt like a step back, a surprise attack, and a sign that your partner doesn’t trust you or value the lasting potential of your marriage. Although it’s easy to feel slighted when talking about a prenup, these agreements are simply an acknowledgment of how property and assets will be divided in the event of a divorce. This doesn’t mean your fiancé is expecting your marriage to end in divorce. It’s a common precautionary measure that allows ease of mind for many families.
There are many misconceptions about prenups, and it’s easy to take the request personally. Here are a few common myths:
It’s fair to say that talking about the potential division of assets in the event of a divorce is not the most romantic way to begin a marriage. But in reality, not every conversation you will have throughout the course of your marriage will be romantic. Talking openly with your partner about your financial property and expectations can be a positive way to start this new phase of your relationship. By going through your financial situation in an open and candid way, you will set up a precedent for future conversations. You will also learn how each of you reacts when you’re having these discussions, what is important to both of you, and how you can work through conflict before it becomes a larger issue.
This type of agreement is not limited to those who have substantial wealth. Any couple can benefit from a prenup. The purpose of this agreement is to outline a division of assets and allow couples to have clarity on how these disputes will be resolved. In fact, a prenup can end up saving time and money for couples that would otherwise disagree on these matters.
Life and marriage are full of unexpected events. A prenup is often used as an estate-planning document in the event of a death as well as the possibility of divorce. Outlining a clear plan of how property is divided will help alleviate confusion if one spouse dies, and can be a great relief.
Initiating the conversation about a prenuptial agreement can be difficult, and you might not know where to begin. Working with an experienced marriage lawyer in Stamford, CT can help smooth out the process. At the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant we have worked with many couples who are interested in creating a prenup to establish their assets before entering a marriage. There are many different considerations to think about including division of property and assets, spousal support, and inheritance. To schedule a meeting to discuss the specific details of your prenuptial agreement, call us today at 203-348-2465. You can also contact us online.