You can bring up a prenuptial agreement before getting engaged

People often worry about having the prenuptial agreement conversation because they fear that the person they're engaged to is going to be angry or hurt. Are they basically telling their partner that they don't think the marriage is going to last?

The key thing to remember is that a prenup is just a precaution. It does not mean you think that the marriage will end in divorce. It just means that, if something does happen, you want to be ready for it from a legal standpoint.

One way to make this conversation less awkward is to bring it up as early as possible. Tell your partner that you're interested in this type of legal protection long before you've actually committed to a marriage.

For example, one young man who says he brought up the possibility of a prenup before he and his girlfriend even got engaged. He had a successful career as a financial analyst, and he had significant assets even at 26 years old. He wanted to protect those assets and to make sure the two of them were on the same page.

These conversations are often less awkward this early. You easy bring it up while talking about income, savings, debt, student loans, mortgages or any number of other topics that come up from time to time. If you and your significant other haven't committed to getting married yet, you can talk openly about this hypothetical future and what you'd like to do.

As you move closer to getting married, then you simply have to make sure you know exactly what legal steps to take to put a solid prenup in place.

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