How should you approach the issue of a prenup?

If you have found that special someone that you are ready to tie the knot with in Battle Creek, then right now your thoughts are probably occupied on all of the joy and happiness you anticipate sharing together. The suggestion of thinking about protecting yourself financially may be the last thing you want to consider. Yet there may be several circumstances that should be prompting you to consider a prenuptial agreement. You may be involved in a business that you do not want your future spouse to become tied to. You may have children from a previous marriage that you wish to retain assets for. Whatever the reason, whenever you bring significant assets into a marriage, signing a prenuptial agreement may always be a good idea. 

You may think that asking your soon-to-be spouse to consider a prenup will call your commitment to him or her into question. Yet consider this: According to CNBC, 62 percent of attorney's surveyed by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers report a significant increase in the number of client prenup request in recent years. Thus, you are hardly the only person to be considering such a move. 

So how should you present your request to your significant other? Experts offer the following advice when initiating such a conversation: 

  • Do not make demands: Such a tactic can easily cause your fiancee to become defensive. 
  • Be forthcoming about your concerns: Do not give him or her any reason to question your motives. 
  • Listen to his or her responses: This should be a conversation where he or she is allowed input as well. 
  • Try to remain calm: Introducing emotion into the conversation can lead to an argument.

Ultimately, if you do not get the response you want initially, consider leaving the matter alone now and revisiting it later. 

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