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1 key tip for bringing up a prenup for small business owners

You want to use a prenup. You and your fiancé have been engaged for six months, and you're getting married next year. You're a small business owner, and you want the prenup to protect your company.

However, you're worried about bringing it up. Is your fiancé going to be angry? Will the relationship end? You still want to get married. You hope that it lasts forever. You just want to be protected in case it doesn't.

When you're bringing it up, the key is to make sure the conversation does not center around you and your fiancé. Don't start off, for instance, by saying "If we get divorced..."

What you want to do is shift the focus away from your relationship and put it on other aspects of the decision. This way, your fiancé won't see it as an attack on the relationship. For instance:

  • Talk about your company, how well it's doing and how you really think it's important to protect that growth in every way possible.
  • Talk about your investors and how it's only fair to them to make sure you don't ever lose the business or fall into dire straights financially.
  • Talk about your business partners and looking out for their well-being.
  • Talk about your employees. They need these jobs. You don't want romantic trouble in your life to negatively impact them when the company goes under and they lose their jobs.

This way, it sounds like you're just looking out for other people and trying to do the right thing -- which you are. After you get that prenup conversation started, be sure you know what legal steps to take.

Source: National Federation of Independent Business, "A Small Business Owner’s Guide to Divorce," accessed Jan. 26, 2018

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