Talking Marriage Contracts With Your Partner

Liberty Brown

February 28, 2024
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So, you’ve finally found “the one” and you’re ready to embark on the wild ride of forever together! You’ve nailed the proposal, got a resounding YES (fingers crossed), and now you’re diving headfirst into planning your happily ever after. Whether it’s picking out the perfect wedding cake or debating where to build your love nest, you’re all in, baby! 

But wait a minute… in the midst of all this excitement, a sudden realization hits you like a ton of bricks. Marriage isn’t just about lovey-dovey stuff; it’s also a legal contract! Cue the dramatic music! You’ve been meaning to bring up that awkward conversation about prenups, but let’s face it, broaching the subject feels like trying to wrestle a greased pig—tricky and slippery! 

Fear not, lovebirds! Here are some cheeky tips to help you navigate “THE” conversation without sending your partner into a frenzy or questioning your undying devotion:

FIND THE RIGHT MOMENT: Timing is everything, folks! Don’t drop the contract bombshell as you’re walking down the aisle or moving in your final box—it’s a surefire way to ruin the mood faster than you can say “I do” or position the final pillow.

GIVE YOUR PARTNER TIME: Give your partner some breathing room to wrap their head around the idea. After all, their prenup knowledge might be limited to what they’ve seen on reality TV. Let them do their homework, consult a family lawyer, or simply marinate on it for a bit. Side note – prenups are called marriage contracts in Canada.

KNOW THE POSITIVES and HIGHLIGHT THOSE: Look on the bright side, lovebirds! A well-crafted prenup isn’t a buzzkill; it’s your golden ticket to peace of mind. Highlight the perks like having more control over your financial future and avoiding courtroom drama down the road. Think of it as an insurance policy for your happily ever after! Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements do not have to be brought up in the context of divorce or separation; they can also be seen as a foundational step toward a long-lasting marriage. Remember, it’s not just what you say; it’s also how you say it! Of course, the idea is that you will never need to use this contract, but should you need to, it will be much better that the agreement exists rather than not. Otherwise, let it collect dust!

HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY: Keep it real, folks! Honesty is the glue that holds relationships together (along with copious amounts of chocolate and vacations!). Be transparent about why you’re keen on this agreement, and lay all your cards on the table. Your partner will appreciate your openness, and who knows, they might even whip out their own set of cards! Remember, honesty is not just the best policy; it’s the only policy!

Now, drafting a prenup isn’t exactly a walk in the park—it’s more like navigating a legal jungle gym. So, when in doubt, call a lawyer (we’re not all bad, we promise)! Seek advice from a savvy lawyer who can guide you through the maze of the law and put it on paper. Do what you can to ensure your agreement is as solid as a rock. 

Need a legal lifeline? Don’t hesitate to reach out! Contact AP Lawyers at (905) 492-7662 or shoot us an email at [email protected] to schedule a consultation. We’ve got your back, lovebirds!