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How Do I Ask My Fiancé for a Prenuptial Agreement?

 Posted on March 17, 2021 in Prenuptial Agreements

Wheaton prenup attorneyPrenuptial agreements are valuable legal tools that can serve a variety of purposes. Unfortunately, many people misunderstand what a prenuptial agreement is and why a spouse would ever want to sign a “prenup.” Some even believe that signing a prenuptial agreement means that a person thinks their marriage is doomed to fail. Fortunately, the misinformation and myths about prenuptial agreements are slowly being replaced by more educated opinions. Research shows that prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly popular – especially among younger couples. If you are interested in drafting a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot, consider the following tips for bringing up the idea to your partner.

Start Slowly and Do Not Pressure Your Spouse Into an Immediate Answer

If you want to get a prenuptial agreement, but you do not know whether your partner agrees, you may be unsure of how to broach the subject. One tip is to make the conversation as low-pressure and friendly as possible. Pressuring your partner into signing a prenuptial agreement is not only a great way to start an argument, but it may also lead to accusations of coercion, which may cause the document to be invalid.

You may want to start by casually mentioning that you read about how prenups are becoming more popular in recent years. This may be a good way to get your spouse’s opinion on the subject without outright asking for a prenup. You may be surprised to learn that he or she is more open to the idea than you assumed.

Make the Discussion Collaborative

A prenuptial agreement should benefit both spouses. If your partner assumes that the prenuptial agreement is only intended to protect you while simultaneously limiting his or her rights, he or she will understandably be wary of signing it. Work with your spouse to develop a prenuptial agreement that is mutually advantageous. Explain how a prenuptial agreement can benefit both of you should the marriage end in divorce or if one of you passes away. A skilled family law attorney with experience drafting prenuptial agreements can help you negotiate the terms of the prenuptial agreement, understand your rights and responsibilities, and ensure that the document is valid under Illinois law.

Contact a Naperville Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer

Prenuptial agreements can differentiate between separate and marital property, describe spousal maintenance arrangements, address estate planning concerns, and more. However, prenuptial agreements must meet the criteria required by Illinois law. A DuPage County family law attorney from the Pesce Law Group, P.C. can help you draft a solid prenuptial agreement and ensure that the document does not contain errors that could invalidate it. Call 630-352-2240 for a free consultation to learn more.


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