One of the main reasons that people are hesitant to even consider prenuptial agreements is the belief that it means you will get divorced. As some people see it, the fact that you’re thinking so seriously about what to do in the event a divorce, before you’re even married, means that the end of your relationship is imminent.
Let’s be very clear: This is a myth. Having a prenup doesn’t mean you’ll get a divorce. It doesn’t even mean that you want one.
What the experts tell us
If you’ve heard this myth, it’s probably from friends or family members. They may mean well, but let’s turn to the experts. That’s always a better way to get such important information, rather than talking to people who just note their own opinions or form those opinions based on things they read on social media.
In actuality, when mental health experts were asked if prenups had an impact on marriage and divorce, the overwhelming majority (a full 86%) said that they did not. Signing that document doesn’t even increase your odds of divorce, let alone make it inevitable.
Rather, a prenup is a way to acknowledge the reality that divorce plays in life. It happens, even to couples who never thought it would. Without a prenup, things can get messy and complicated. Having a prenup just streamlines some of the legal process. It doesn’t cause that process to exist. It merely makes it easier to navigate. If you’re getting married and you’re interested in a prenup, you should consider all of the steps you’ll need to take to set it up.