Saturday, July 25, 2009

Why A Prenup?

When I think I will stop posting articles from the press about why a prenuptial is a good for anyone, I run across one that is just different enough to make the cut.

Top Five Reasons to Sign a Prenuptial Agreement
takes the prize for its blunt realism. I especially liked these:

2. Love is blind

Sometimes, we can't see the wood for the trees; humans are fallible, we all make mistakes. When we're in love, these mistakes are all the more likely to occur as the chemical dopamine takes us over. As humans, we do make mistakes - but the point is to learn from them. We've all seen disastrous divorces in the media, where someone leaves with far less money than they entered the marriage with; these people were in love once, too. Learn from their mistakes rather than your own.

3. There's no harm in being prepared.

Look at it like this; when you get in a car, you put a seatbelt on. That doesn't mean you are planning to crash the car, just that you're ready for the worst should it happen. It doesn't mean you're saying you're a bad driver, or that you don't trust other road users, it's just about being safe. A prenuptial agreement should be viewed in exactly the same way.

4. Weigh up the win/lose scale.

If you do make a prenuptial agreement, you may seem unromantic and like you are trying to focus on the bad rather than the good. If you don't agree a prenuptial agreement, you could lose all of your assets, find yourself homeless and at the mercy of a judge you don't know and who doesn't know you. Most people would rather be protected and viewed as a little unromantic than risk the latter.

And what came first? "1. You may not always be in love and happy." Ouch. True but still ouch

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