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Does a prenup weaken a marriage? You may be surprised

On Behalf of | Apr 27, 2024 | Prenuptial Agreements

Many people believe that a prenuptial agreement weakens a marriage. In fact, this may be the reason why they don’t ask for a prenup in the first place. They’re afraid that saying they want to use one is just telling their partner that they’re already thinking about divorce. It’s not very romantic and they don’t want to start the relationship out on the wrong foot.

But does a prenup actually weaken a marriage? The truth is that many experts believe it strengthens a marriage, rather than weakening it. Having the prenup doesn’t make a divorce more likely, and prenups can’t be drafted in a way that would encourage divorce. But they can help to reduce some sources of conflict.

Financial issues can be sorted out early with a prenuptial agreement

For example, many divorces stem from financial issues. This makes people think that a lack of money is going to cause a divorce.

But those working in the industry point out that even couples who have millions of dollars will still get divorced over money. They note that it has less to do with couples not having financial means and more to do with the way that they handle the money they do have. If they have different perspectives on money, for example, it could lead to constant conflict.

This often happens to young couples because they don’t talk about money before getting married. But if you use a prenuptial agreement, you and your future spouse have to have these financial conversations. You make key decisions in advance and you both know where you stand. Simply drafting the prenup forces you to have these important conversations and lowers the odds of divorce.

If you’re interested in creating a prenup or getting divorced, take the time to carefully consider all of your legal options.