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Asking a future spouse for a prenuptial agreement

On Behalf of | Aug 8, 2022 | Family Law

Prior to their wedding day, future spouses are usually busy finding a good location, planning festivities and countless other tasks. However, many Arkansas couples never even think about a prenuptial agreement as being a part of their pre-wedding checklist. Talking about a possible end to the marriage before it even begins isn’t something that many would consider romantic. However, prenuptial agreements can benefit nearly every couple. For those with a future spouse who is less than receptive to the idea, here are some strategies on how to approach the subject of prenuptial agreements. 


A prenup is usually not something that is easy to bring up, so it is best to prepare beforehand by writing a few things down. On a piece of paper jot down about 10 reasons to ask for a prenup, and then write down about 10 possible responses the future spouse may come back with. Not only will this exercise help with mental preparation, but it will also help an individual understand better why a prenuptial agreement is necessary. 

Effective communication 

Much of marriage is being able to communicate effectively and discussing a prenup is no different. Be intentional but not demanding. Wait for a reply before proceeding and listen. Just try to have a simple conversation. Keep an open mind and try to understand things from the fiancé’s perspective. 

Where to go for help 

Most importantly, don’t wait until right before the wedding to have this discussion. The sooner a couple has the conversation about a prenup the better. Those in Arkansas who have questions or need help with prenuptial agreements may want to consider speaking with a knowledgeable legal representative. A trusted family law attorney can help a client decide if a prenup is appropriate and what terms ought to be included.