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Q: My partner and I have been together for about five years, and now we’re planning our wedding. I’ve always earned more than he does, and I also have some family money, a retirement fund, and some real estate that I inherited from my grandparents. I’ve always been happy to share everything, but my lawyer is insisting that we have a prenuptial agreement now that we’re making it legal. I don’t know how to even ask my partner about it, much less ask him to sign it. After all this time, it seems kind of … crass? What’s the “right” way to go about this – if there is one?
A: Congratulations on the wedding bells, and welcome to the new world of marriage equality – which, alas, also includes divorce equality. Of course, nobody likes to think about breaking up while they’re writing vows and picking centerpieces, but I can definitely see your lawyer’s point about protecting your assets. But a fair pre-nup should also provide safeguard to your partner, and I hope your lawyer recognizes that.