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Despite practical value, a prenup can prove tough to discuss

It has often been said that the key to a lasting relationship is communication. However, many otherwise rational adults are hesitant to put things in writing when it comes to love and marriage.

In addition to determining where to have the wedding, how many people to invite and who to include in the wedding party, couples in Houston, Texas, may also want to think about whether a prenuptial agreement should be included in their wedding arrangements.

Despite their unromantic reputation, prenuptial agreements are actually one of the most reasonable ways to ensure communication before, during, and after a marriage.

Given the fact that neither jobs nor relationships seem to last forever anymore, both men and women are increasingly seeking to safeguard themselves in the event of divorce. In addition, more people than ever are changing jobs, relocating and having children with different partners, so property division can be a complex undertaking.

A prenuptial agreement can outline the details of a potential divorce and ensure that both parties are on the same page when it comes to division of property and other shared responsibilities.

The practical nature of a prenup, though, is often overshadowed by its cold reputation. It can be understandably difficult to initiate a prenuptial agreement, but that difficulty simply underscores the need for clear communication.

Some tips for discussing the value of a prenup include involving a neutral party, such as an attorney, mediator or religious figure, and valuing both parties' income and assets. Accounting for both current assets (such as property) as well as current and future finances (such as student loans and retirement benefits) is also something to keep in mind.

As with any marital issue, an objective third party can be beneficial. Prenuptial agreements should always involve an experienced attorney, so as to avoid any unanswered questions or unexpected deviations.

Source: Business Insider, "10 ways to bring up a prenup without getting dumped," Mandi Woodruff, Jan. 26, 2012

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