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A prenup allows you to create your own marriage contract

Prenuptial agreements are often viewed rather negatively, to the point that many people who want to use them feel nervous to ask their partners about it. They worry that they will come across as selfish and uncommitted at a time when they should be focusing on their lives together.

However, experts point out that this perspective does not really put things in the proper light. It is important to remember that getting married creates a contract between two people, every single time. It is a legal arrangement. You can't avoid that, but using a prenup means you get to write up the contract that you really want.

If you are still not sure how to bring this up with your significant other, here are a few tips that may help:

  • Do not put it off: The sooner you have the talk, the better. Some couples talk about it before they even get engaged.
  • Explain why you feel the way that you do: For instance, talk about things like your past experiences, beliefs and family history.
  • Work together on the prenup: Rather than just writing it yourself, offer to write it with your significant other to make sure you both agree with it.
  • Consider how life changes in the future: You may have kids. You may start a business. In 10 years, you will be in a very different situation. Make sure the prenup is flexible and addresses these potential issues.

As you and your partner look into prenuptial agreements, make sure you fully understand the legal process necessary to draft and file this important contract.

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