Just the phrase “prenuptial agreement” can put a damper on romance, and many couples avoid talking about this important concept altogether. While it’s true that discussing a potential “breakup” can create an awkward situation for a couple who is about to commit their lives to one another, creating a prenuptial agreement can actually be a very useful exercise – even for couples who stay together forever. Here are a few ways to make the process less stressful.
Don’t wait til the last minute.
Wedding planning is very stressful, and introducing another potentially stress-inducing issue into the mix can be a recipe for disaster. We recommend getting your agreement in place at least six months prior to the wedding; this way, you’ll have time to review it and won’t need to stress about it during wedding crunch time.
Reign in the emotions.
It might sound simplistic, but it’s important to (at least try to) step away from your emotions when you talk about your prenup. Those feelings of love can cloud your judgment and make logical responses and reactions filled with emotion.
Research the law.
Before you decide on the details of your prenup, make sure you’re well acquainted with state laws regarding marriage and property. For help, consult a family law attorney, like those at Throne & Hauser.
Talk about money.
We live in a society where talking about money is considered taboo. That said, this shouldn’t be the case with someone you’re about to marry. Your spouse and you will have to have difficult discussions about finances in the future, so start talking about it now; it will make the prenup process much less awkward.
Las Vegas prenuptial contracts should be both reasonable and enforceable. When you’re preparing your contract, determine what your goals are and avoid emotion-filled fault clauses (for example, “I get $2 million if you leave me for the nanny.”) Remember that the purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to make possible legal issues simpler down the line.
Talking about a prenup can be awkward at best and emotional at worst. A neutral third party with prenuptial expertise (like a family law attorney) can help serve as a buffer between the two of you while offering reasonable, expert advice along the way.
Are you getting married and need to discuss your Las Vegas prenuptial agreement? We can help; give us a call today.