One of the major perks of living in New York City is that meeting friends to catch up over lunch is as simple as swiping my MetroCard®, taking a short ride, and skipping up a quick flight of stairs. Not long ago, during one of my many catch-up lunches, my friend Anna and I were (no surprise here) pontificating on life, love, and relationships, and Anna who is happily, exclusively dating a wonderful guy made a statement that caught me off guard...way off guard:
"I've come to terms with the fact that, at some point in my life, I will probably get divorced."
While Cinderella she certainly is not, is Anna's position on the matter a particularly bold or cynical one? Or, in this day and age, is accepting divorce as inevitable even before walking down the aisle dare I say it, practical?
For me personally, on the heels of my engagement and smack in the center of my wedding planning (we just finished creating our "Save the Date" cards!), a statement like that is a little uncomfortable to hear and extremely hard to swallow. It's not that I think my own relationship is fail-proof I fully understand that no relationship is but I like to think that my fiancé and I are being upfront, honest, and communicative to the necessary extent. We're having all the important conversations for the first time (How many children do we want?) and initiating on-going dialogues to last for years to come (How will we manage our finances?).
While I don't have my head in the clouds, I'm certainly more optimistic than my friend Anna. But, generally speaking, is it just good common sense for brides- and grooms-to-be to take the precautionary measure and sign a prenuptial agreement? And if you sign one, does it mean you're being overly cynical, or worse, dooming your betrothal to ultimate failure? Women & Co. is going to the experts to find out. Share your opinions below, and we'll keep them in mind as we develop our article that tells all you really need to know to answer the question, "Should I sign a prenup?"
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