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The sticky business of getting prenuptial agreements

With divorce rates running high, not just in Georgia, but in different parts of the United States as well, talking about prenuptial agreements before getting married should be given consideration. However, a lot of couples tend to avoid the topic altogether due to the discomfort that it induces. It's like talking about a possible ending to what should be the beginning of a beautiful life together.

But facing reality is a major part of any relationship. As a practical couple, you have to keep in mind that few things last forever. In fact, a lot of marriages end in divorce, and even though you may fervently hope that this will not happen to your marriage, you can never predict the future. A prenuptial agreement acts as your security blanket in case your marriage goes awry. So if your marriage ends, you will be grateful for having a prenuptial agreement in place.

It is usually best to bring up the topic of having a prenuptial agreement fairly soon after getting engaged. The earlier you do this, the better, since this will give you a lot of time to think things over and to explain why you want to get a prenuptial agreement. You also have to be honest with your partner by revealing any assets that you are protecting. After all, honesty is crucial in the establishment of trust in a marriage.

During the drafting of your prenuptial agreement, you may benefit from thorough research regarding the process as it applies to you and your soon-to-be spouse. This can guide you and your partner in negotiating the terms of your agreement and provide room for any changes that might happen during the marriage. Additionally, it is very important that you both work with your own attorneys to ensure the contract will hold up in court should you need to use it. The subject of prenuptial agreements might be met with reluctance by an engaged couple, but it is an important tool in securing your properties and assets against an unknowable future.

Source: HuffPost Divorce, “How to Request a Pre-Nup and Still Get Married,” Daniel Clement, Jan. 24, 2014

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