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You said “yes” to the proposal, but now your betrothed is asking you to sign a prenuptial agreement. You might not be sure what you need to do in this situation. First, you need to take a step back to think about what’s truly important right now. The answer to this is usually that you are doing what you can to protect your future.

The knee-jerk reaction for some people when they are presented with a prenuptial agreement is to get upset. You might wonder why your future spouse thinks the marriage won’t work out. This might make you scared. Instead of thinking like this, think about how much protection and stability the marriage will have if you know you are on a firm financial foundation.

When you review a prenuptial agreement, you must look at it from a practical standpoint. These agreements outline financial obligations and expectations that you have during a marriage that ends in divorce. If you and your future spouse stay happily married forever, you will never have to worry about the prenuptial agreement.

The terms have to be fair for both sides. It isn’t possible to have an agreement that assigns one person all the debts and the other all the assets. Make sure that you understand exactly what the terms of the agreement specify before you sign the documents.

Since you need to be able to have your lawyer review it, the agreement must be given to you well in advance of you walking down the aisle. It is a good idea to discuss the premarital agreement as early in the engagement as possible.