You are in love and planning to get married, but you want a prenuptial agreement (prenup). The subject is an emotional one since it interjects the possibility of a divorce into the otherwise loving moments of wedding and honeymoon planning. Those that have “been there, done that” have suggestions that may make it easier for you to broach the subject with your soon-to-be spouse.
Engage in a Conversation
Do not start by making a demand like, “I want a prenuptial agreement.” Instead, broach it in a conversational way by saying, “Let’s talk about a prenup.” Make it clear you are not expecting your marriage to end in divorce, but view a prenup the same as an insurance policy. No one expects to ever have to use it for an emergency, but it is nice to know it is there just in case.
Be clear about why you think it is a good idea. Explain any life experience you have had that leads you to believe you need this agreement to be in place before you get married.
Listen and Negotiate
Listen to the concerns of your future spouse. Understand the objections and be willing to negotiate. If coming to an agreement seems impossible, work with a mediator who can assist you in writing the agreement together.
Allow for Changes
The prenup covers events that have not yet happened. As time passes, there may be a need to change the terms. Provide for this contingency in your original plan. You can also add a “sunset clause” provision whereby the agreement will expire on a date certain.
After the two of you have agreed to have a prenup, contact a Georgia family law attorney who will know how to draft the agreement so it meets Georgia’s prenuptial agreement legal requirements.