No holding back here on 1500 Days with the questions we ask of you Readers. Today, we ask a doozy, but first, we must get to last week’s answers when I asked about prenuptial agreements. I asked Mrs. 1500 for one and she was less than happy:
If you want to know more about prenups, The Vigilante is a wealth of knowledge:
If you do get a divorce and you don’t have a prenup, guess what? The decisions you could have made together as a couple, when you loved one another, will now be made by the “prenup” built into the divorce laws of your state! And, most likely, the interpretation of those divorce laws and application of them to your divorce will be determined primarily by your own choices (as an emotionally upset divorcing spouse!) and the attorneys who will be hired to represent your best interests under those laws. Personally, I’d rather have that decision be made by two people who care about one another rather than by an adversarial proceeding involving strangers and laws that might be inapplicable to our lifestyle choices!
Read his whole comment here. It’s really good.
Fervent Finance’s thinking echoes mine:
Getting a prenup does not mean you plan to fail. It just means you plan to figure things out ahead of time.
Gwen from Fiery Millennials is kicking ass in life and says yes to the prenup:
Single lady here. I will absolutely expect to sign a prenup. I have worked very hard to get where I am today. In my age group, I’m definitely in the top 5%. Finding a guy with equal status is doable, but difficult. So to protect myself, a prenup will be signed.
Reader Steve saved a lot of hassle because his dad had a prenup:
I thank my lucky stars that my dad had a prenup when he remarried. I regard my step-mother fondly, but administering his estate is hard enough with just my siblings without the extra drama of adding step-brothers and step-sisters
Most of you didn’t get a prenup including Reader Jeff from Jersey:
We have been married for 10 years at this point, and have a three year old son. Before we got married we dated for about 7 years, so we knew each other pretty well. While I am from a divorced family, never thought about needing to have a prenup.
The Tako family also didn’t get a prenup:
A prenup (or even talking about one) definitely sends the message that divorce might be a real possibility…and that’s not going to be a terribly popular conversation topic.
That would certainly be Mrs. Tako’s reaction if I had ever brought it up.
Finally, I laughed hard at Mr. Zero’s comment:
I did however come off with a doozy while on our honeymoon drive to Key West. We were talking about having children… something we had discussed before and agreed we both wanted.
Me: Don’t you think it would be a good idea to wait a few years to have kids. You know, just to make sure we are solid.
Mrs. Zero: [laser beam eyes through the side of my skull while I drove]. WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY? I can’t believe you just said that to your wife of 18 hours!
Me: Uh, well, cough, cough, ummm……. hey, I see a sign for a DQ up ahead. Want to stop for ice cream?
And now on to this week’s question:
What is your net worth?
I know I know, you may be uncomfortable right now. I hope you’re not squirming in your chair considering clicking this browser tab. It’s OK, you can do it. Or maybe you can’t.
It’s funny how uncomfortable most people are talking about money. It’s just money. It shouldn’t define you. If it does, you have issues.
It’s not healthy to avoid the topic either. If we were all a little bit more transparent and open, we’d all be better off. Money is a stepping stone, not the end goal. Don’t idolize it. Quietly accumulate it and then use it to fuel your dreams.
If you can’t bring yourself to tell me your net worth, here are some others questions from one of the best movies ever, Airplane. Surely you can answer at least one of them. (And don’t call me Shirley.)
Hmmm, that’s creepy. How about this one instead:
Forget that, how about this:
Never mind, I don’t want to know. Forget them all; just answer the one about net worth and let’s move on.
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