Prenups minimize arguments that may lead to the downfall of a marriage. Prenuptial agreements require that you talk about the "tough" issues any marriage naturally faces - issues like finances, the division of labor in the marriage, and your respective visions for the future - and arrive at a plan for handling that matter in the future. A plan for these matters, in the form of a prenuptial agreement, can avoid, or greatly minimize, these issues long before they become problems that threaten the health of a marriage. Considering that these matters are the primary reasons for the breakdown of a marriage, it would seem to be good marriage planning to address them early on. Prenuptial Agreements require the couple to consider what is fair to their relationship Marriage is a contract that can be entered into without much forethought and/or planning - you just need the license and, in New York State, about 24 hours after receiving the marriage license. Undoing that contract...well, that is a bit more complicated. It involves a set of laws that may not feel "fair" to either of you. Therefore, prenuptial agreements (and the discussions that they spark) inherently require a recognition by both parties of the seriousness of marriage by facing the seriousness of divorce. Talking about a prenuptial agreement is merely a discussion about whether the banking, marriage, and divorce laws (a "default" prenuptial agreement, if you will) are fair to the new family you are creating. Will this one size fits all default prenup "work" for your family? If not, then the best time to create a set of rules based upon what you both believe to be fair is now - when you are happy and in love - rather than later when there is the potential for anger, resentment, or hurt feelings. Prenups are helpful for those entering the marriage with children or assets For persons marrying with children or assets, prenups can be a wonderful (and stress free) way to allow the couple the freedom to live life as a married couple - joint finances and all - while still providing them the ability to have their separate property without the painstaking tracking that is required by the "default" prenup found in the domestic relations law. (In case you are wondering, yes, I have seen situations where the one spouse's concern with the spending of their premarital money, and what would happen in the event of a divorce, absolutely led to the downfall of the marriage. My guess is that a prenup would have been a very valuable "divorce avoidance" tool in this instance). A prenuptial agreement allows the focus to be on your marriage - not on divorce A good prenuptial agreement does not have to be complex, it just has to present a clear plan for the marital finances. That plan can give piece of mind, thereby saving a marriage as it takes the "fear" out of the unknown of divorce. Every marriage will go through a difficult period (or periods). A prenup is merely a plan that allows your focus during those times to be on saving the marriage; rather than protecting yourself in the event of divorce. Persons without premarital assets will benefit from a prenuptial agreement Most people wrongly assume that prenuptial agreements are only necessary when you have some assets heading into the marriage. I would tend to disagree. The "default prenup" of the Domestic Relations Law does a fair job of protecting premarital property (though, a prenuptial agreement to clarify some issues related to premarital property may be a very smart idea). Therefore, prenups are more often a forward looking document in the sense that they are most often used to address the assets you will be acquiring (a house, bank accounts, retirement/investment accounts, etc) and the issues you will be facing (a spouse staying home, both spouses working but able to support themselves notwithstanding a difference in income, etc). Again, talking about how these events may impact your marriage will help you create a plan that is fair to you both and avoids fear of the unknown.