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How to ask a future spouse for a prenuptial agreement

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2021 | Family Law |

It goes without saying that discussing divorce before a marriage begins is anything but romantic. Discussing the events that could happen in the event of a marital breakup can be uncomfortable, so many couples in Michigan don’t even consider a prenuptial agreement prior to the wedding. However, no one can predict the future, and a prenuptial agreement can be a literal lifesaver if divorce happens. Here are a few ways to ask a future spouse for a prenup.


The proper preparation is key in any potentially difficult discussion. Before talking with the spouse, get a piece of paper. On one side, write down 10 reasons why a prenup is desired. Then, on the other side, write out the potential responses that may come from the other party. This can help greatly with mental preparation.

Listen and stay calm

Obviously, the future spouse may have some disagreements. However, stay as calm as possible and try not to get defensive, as this will only make things worse. Keep an open mind and try to see things from the partner’s perspective.

The sooner the better

Do not put the conversation off until the week before the wedding. The future spouse will need time to assess the situation and their feelings. If the discussion does not go well, put it off for a few days, but be sure not to wait too long.

A prenuptial agreement can give couples a sense of security and provide protection for the future marriage. It is important to keep in mind that prenups are legally binding contracts. Once couples in Michigan agree to move forward with a prenuptial agreement, they may find it in their best interests to work with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney when drafting and signing a prenuptial agreement.


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