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The emotions of prenuptial agreements, part 2

In part one of this post, we discussed the positive role that prenuptial agreements can play for many couples. For would-be partners who might otherwise have their marriage plans affected by unresolved property questions, a prenup can be a way to move forward by addressing the issues head-on.

As we've been explaining, however, raising the matter of a prenuptial agreement with a potential spouse is a delicate matter. For couples in Illinois and across the nation, it requires all of the emotional intelligence they can muster.

The reasons why a party may want a prenup vary. Often it is because one of the partners has a high degree of personal wealth that he or she is bringing into the marriage. In other cases, it may be that a party has been married before and wants to ensure that inheritance rights for children from that marriage are protected in the event of divorce.

Regardless of the exact reasons for seeking a prenuptial agreement, however, it is important to begin the conversation with a would-be partner sooner rather than later. Getting the request on the table early on, perhaps shortly after the engagement, should enable the couple to approach the conversation about a prenup as part of a larger process of envisioning their practical life together.

Of course, as with any conversation, it's vital to not only talk, but to listen. It is no doubt true that most people are much better at talking than at truly listening. But that is what is required now, of both parties: to truly listen to each other and carry on the conversation with the utmost respect.

Source: Entrepreneur, "How to Ask Your Partner for a Prenup," Nadia Goodman, June 19, 2013

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