Prenuptial agreements are becoming more common. Rather than a purely emotional decision, marriage is becoming a more strategic part of a well-considered plan for the future.
While you and your future spouse may have strong feelings for each other, you are also realistic about what it could mean if your marriage ended. Although you and your partner have decided on a prenup, it is not always simple to explain to friends and family.
Here are a few tips for talking to your loved ones about your decision for a prenup.
Explaining the positives
If you have friends and family who are unfamiliar with prenuptial agreements, it can be understandable that they may draw the wrong conclusions. They may have seen clips on TV or in the media about a prenup that favored only one spouse or a convoluted plot where someone needed to get out of a prenup.
In reality, prenuptial agreements have many positive attributes. In addition to making separation simpler, a prenup can help you strengthen your relationship by creating a circumstance for challenging conversations. Often, couples avoid difficult conversations about finances because it can be uncomfortable. When you create a prenup, you create a time to talk about some of the topics that can be awkward.
When you talk to your loved ones, it may help to explain some of the positives that made you decide that a prenup will help you and your partner have a long and healthy relationship.
Sticking with your decisions
Ultimately, you will have friends and family who have the antiquated view that having a prenup means you are planning for a divorce. In reality, a prenuptial agreement is more like insurance for your home or car; you hope you will not need it, but it can be a relief if your marriage does not turn out the way you planned.
In some cases, you may need to “agree to disagree.” Your loved ones will not have to deal with the consequences if your marriage does not work out. However, your prenuptial agreement can provide the support and framework for separation if you and your partner decide to divorce.