Here are the main questions to consider regarding the use of a prenuptial agreement:

  • If I am the one recommending the use of a prenup, am I overly concerned about protecting wealth I am bringing into the marriage?
  • If my fiancé is asking for a prenup, is that conveying a lack of trust in me? Am I comfortable with the request?
  • Would anyone other than my spouse or me suffer financially if our marriage fails? If so, are there other ways we could protect that person besides a prenup? (Talk with a Christian estate-planning attorney about that.) If there are no viable alternatives, are we both in agreement about the use of a prenup?

In an ideal world, there would be no divorce, and hence no need for prenuptial agreements. But we do not live in an ideal world. Still, before pushing for a prenup, pray that God would search your heart and check your motives. Consider other alternatives first, and whatever you decide, make sure there is unity in the decision with your future spouse.

Matt Bell is Associate Editor at Sound Mind Investing, publisher of the best-selling investment newsletter written from a biblical perspective.  Its core investment strategy has beaten the market in 11 of the past 13 years. He is also the author of Money and Marriage: A Complete Guide for Engaged and Newly Married Couples.

Publication date: September 21, 2012