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Is a prenuptial agreement right for you?

Wisconsin couples seeking to get married hope for a life full of wedded bliss. But you may be wondering if you should try to prepare for every possible scenario by signing a prenuptial agreement, or if something like that is unnecessary or even offensive.

Opinions on prenuptial agreements are often very divided, with some saying that it speaks to pessimism and distrust of one's partners and others saying that it's realistic and important to be as open about all possibilities with their partners as possible. HowStuffWorks.com breaks down prenuptial agreements to their most basic form: something that allows partners to protect their financial situations even in the event of a worst-case scenario.

Some argue that it's best to rely on a prenuptial agreement because both you and your partner can enter into it while on good terms, in a good mood, and with the ability to think clearly. It also allows you to avoid potentially needing to let the state handle your financial affairs, which is often an uncomfortable notion for many, especially if you have a lot of financial risks. Prenuptial agreements can also be a good cushion if there's a sudden death, though it's more often associated with divorce.

In the end, you and your partner must decide whether this is something that you want to look into immediately, or something that you'd rather wait on. There are benefits and downsides to it, and digging into the potential benefits for yourself may be the best way to make this decision.

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