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Breaking the Ice: How to Have the “Prenup” Conversation with Your Partner

Umbrella Family LawJuly 8, 2024

Breaking the Ice: How to Have the “Prenup” Conversation with Your Partner

Discussing a Binding Financial Agreement (BFA), sometimes called a “prenup”, might not be the most romantic topic, but it’s a crucial conversation for many couples. A Binding Financial Agreement can protect both parties’ interests, ensure financial transparency, and lay a foundation for honest communication. Despite its importance, this topic is often avoided due to its controversial nature. In this blog we explore ways to address it head-on, with empathy, assertiveness, and honesty.


  1. Confront the Controversy: Why Timing Matters

Timing is everything when it comes to sensitive conversations. Bringing up a Binding Financial Agreement during an argument or a family gathering is a recipe for disaster. Choose a quiet, comfortable setting where you can talk openly without distractions. Make sure both of you have enough time to discuss the matter thoroughly without feeling rushed. This isn’t a conversation to have on a whim—plan for it.

  1. Arm Yourself with Knowledge

Before initiating the conversation, educate yourself about what a BFA is and how it works (read our blog: Binding Financial Agreements – What are they and why you should get one?). Understand the legal and financial implications, as well as the benefits it can offer both parties. Being well-informed will help you explain your reasons clearly and answer any questions your partner might have. Knowledge is power, and in this case, it’s also peace of mind.

  1. Lead with Transparency and Honesty

Approach the conversation with empathy, but don’t shy away from the truth. Express your love and commitment to your partner, and explain why you believe a BFA is a practical step. Use “I” statements to convey your feelings without sounding accusatory. For example, say, “I feel that having a Binding Financial Agreement could give us both peace of mind and protect our individual assets,” rather than, “You need to sign a prenup to protect my money.”

  1. Be Direct about the Advantages

Emphasise how a BFA can benefit both parties. It’s not just about protecting wealth—it’s about protecting peace of mind. Explain that it’s not about distrust but about ensuring that both of you are protected in case of unforeseen circumstances. A BFA can provide clarity on financial matters, prevent potential conflicts, and protect both individual and shared assets. Highlighting mutual benefits can make the idea more palatable and less one-sided.

  1. Listen, Even When It Hurts

Listen to your partner’s concerns and feelings about the BFA. They may have fears or misconceptions that need addressing. Be patient and respectful, acknowledging their perspective and validating their emotions. This two-way communication fosters trust and demonstrates that you value their input and wellbeing. Remember, this conversation is about both of you.

  1. Seek Professional Guidance

Propose involving a neutral third party, such as a lawyer or a financial advisor, to help explain the Binding Financial Agreement process and its implications. Professional guidance can provide clarity, ensure fairness, and reduce any feelings of bias. At Umbrella Family Law, we specialise in offering empathetic and collaborative legal assistance to help couples navigate these discussions smoothly.

  1. Give It Time—And Space

Don’t expect an immediate answer. Give your partner time to think about the proposal and discuss it further if needed. Rushing the decision can lead to resentment and misunderstandings. Reiterate that this is a step towards mutual protection and financial transparency, and it’s important to make the decision together, at a pace that feels right for both of you.

  1. Reaffirm Your Commitment

Throughout the conversation, remind your partner that the BFA doesn’t diminish your love or commitment. It’s a practical tool to protect both of you and strengthen your relationship by promoting honest and open communication about financial matters. Assure them that this agreement is about planning for the future together, no matter what it holds.



Talking about a Binding Financial Agreement (prenup) can be challenging, but with empathy, honesty, and open communication, it’s possible to have a productive and positive discussion. At Umbrella Family Law, we understand the complexities of these conversations and are here to support you every step of the way. If you need guidance on creating a Binding Financial Agreement or discussing it with your partner, please reach out to us. We are committed to helping you build a strong, transparent, and loving foundation for your future together.


More information about Binding Financial Agreements is available on the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia website – here.

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