3 Tips for Broaching the Idea of a Prenup with Your Significant Other

illinois prenuptial agreement lawyerGetting engaged to be married is an exciting time in a person’s life. If you are like many newly engaged individuals, you may be interested in signing a prenuptial agreement, but you do not know how to bring it up with your partner. You may have concerns about how he or she will feel about the idea. This is understandable. Most people misunderstand the purpose of a prenuptial agreement or assume that prenups are only needed if the couple doubts the longevity of their marriage. However, more and more people are realizing that these myths are untrue. Signing a prenuptial agreement can greatly benefit both spouses in a variety of ways. Read on to learn more.

Evaluate The Possibility of a Prenuptial Agreement Together

Many partners are surprised and offended if their significant other brings them a prenuptial agreement and says, “Sign this!”  A better approach may be to investigate the potential benefits of a prenuptial agreement together as a couple. Take some time to read through information about prenuptial agreements in Illinois and the benefits they offer. Many family law attorneys are seeing an increase in prenuptial agreements – especially among younger couples. Evaluate the pros and cons of signing a prenuptial agreement and consider why these legal tools are becoming more popular.

Genuinely Listen to Your Partner’s Concerns

You partner will likely have questions and concerns about what a prenup means for your future. Listen to your partner's concerns without interrupting. Genuinely consider his or her perspective. Your partner may have good ideas that you have not yet considered. Explain that prenuptial agreements should benefit both parties and consider how you can ensure that the document provides ample protection to both partners. Prenuptial agreements can be customized to fit your needs. You do not need to utilize a one-size-fits-all approach that leaves one or both partners unhappy.

Explain the Benefits of the Document Even If You Never Divorce

Approximately 40 – 50 percent of married couples divorce, and planning for this possibility is a huge aspect of a prenuptial agreement. However, this does not mean that prenuptial agreements are only useful if the couple breaks up. Prenups also provide estate planning benefits when a spouse passes away. Furthermore, a prenuptial agreement works as a safety net just like car insurance and life insurance. Remind your partner that signing a prenuptial agreement does not mean you intend to divorce or that you love him or her any less.

Contact a Kane County Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer

If you want to learn more about the benefits of signing a prenuptial agreement, contact a Kane County divorce attorney from MKFM Law. Call our office today at 630-665-7300 for a confidential consultation.


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