Pre & Post-Nuptials

Vast majority of Modern Orthodox rabbis require a prenuptial agreement for marrying couples

Wedding rings (Abhishek Jacob/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Wedding rings (Abhishek Jacob/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

via Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Some 84 percent of Modern Orthodox rabbis in the United States require couples they marry to sign a prenuptial agreement that guarantees neither side can use the religious divorce, or get, as a bargaining chip. Read more:

Pre-Nuptial Agreements: A Hedge For Happily Ever After

Randy Mack Bishop color illustration of a bride and groom signing prenuptial agreements. (The Dallas Morning News/MCT via Getty Images)

Randy Mack Bishop color illustration of a bride and groom signing prenuptial agreements. (The Dallas Morning News/MCT via Getty Images)

by Rob Clarfeld via Forbes

The subject of prenuptial agreements is neither romantic nor simple. Nonetheless, engaging in the conversation may be necessary and pragmatic. More importantly, in cases of family or personal wealth and children from prior marriages, the conversation may be essential.


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Those Who Are Most In Need Of A Prenup May Surprise You



by My Say via Forbes

It’s a common misperception that prenuptial agreements are only for the wealthy – and the unromantic – but, in fact, quite the opposite is true. It’s the people you least expect – the startup entrepreneur with $11 in their bank account; the couple that wed and relocated; the divorcees with children who found love again – that need a prenup the most.

How to discuss a prenuptial agreement

If you are approaching a marriage in Tennessee, you may find it difficult to think or talk about a prenuptial agreement. However, particularly if you have sizable assets, you should put safeguards in place to protect yourself financially in any case, including divorce. Here at Thomas Family Law Firm PLC, we can help you formulate and litigate a solid prenuptial agreement.

Business Insider points out that having a conversation about a prenuptial agreement may be awkward, but it does not have to jeopardize your relationship. It is important to emphasize to your partner that having this agreement in place does not mean you foresee your relationship ending in divorce. Rather, it is your attempt to be fiscally responsible. When you approach this topic, you should focus on sensitivity and honesty. Gauge your partner's reaction to the initial conversation. If you sense defensiveness or anger, you may need to postpone the discussion for another time. You should also be careful to frame your opinion in a gentle, understandable manner, rather than forcing the issue. Being too harsh or dogmatic may cause your partner to develop unnecessary doubts about your commitment to the relationship.

Remember that your discussion about a prenuptial should include the opportunity for both of you to voice your opinions. You should be transparent and honest about your reasons for wanting a prenup, but you should also allow your partner to share his or her concerns. Do not dominate the conversation. Ask questions in order to show that you are interested in your partner's thoughts, and seek clarification when necessary. Like any aspect of your relationship, approach a prenup discussion with an eye toward cooperation and mutual respect. More information about legal agreements before marriage is available on our webpage.