Prenuptial Agreements, Part 2: Common Prenup Mistakes to Avoid

Beware! If you believe you’ve already figured out what you will do in case you divorce…there are many things you may not have considered or realized are important to discuss before you sign your prenup. Learning what you "don’t know that you don’t know" is essential, and how you go about it can either strengthen or derail your relationship!

In this second part of a conversation with Erik Newton -- former family law attorney and current publisher and producer of Together Magazine and Podcast– we discuss:

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PreNuptial Agreements: A Powerful Way to Start your Marriage


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Best Kept Secret: PreNups Strengthen Second (or Third) Marriages

[Note: This article first appeared in Emily Bouchard's "On the Money" column in StepMom Magazine]

How well a couple communicates when there’s conflict is the key indicator as to whether or not they will stay together for the long run.  Since conflict about money is often cited as a leading cause for divorce, knowing how to talk about money successfully is one of the most important skills a couple can develop.  Turns out that navigating the questions relevant to pre-nuptial agreements – questions related to what happens with your assets and debts before, during and after you are married -- is a great way to build those skills.

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Using PreNups to Strenthen Relationships: Training for Advisors

“For those who want a relationship to continue: Communicate.  Negotiate.  Compromise.  You must be able and willing to change.  You must be able to consider another person’s needs.  You must talk with each other, not just guess what your partner is thinking.  What else are words for?”  Dr. Hanna Kapit

couple poorly communicatingFormer estate planning attorney, L. Paul Hood, Jr. and I just put the finishing touches on our upcoming "Purposeful Prenups" presentation for the Purposeful Planning Institute taking place Tuesday, Dec. 3rd at 9am pacific/noon eastern.

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