Over the past few years, my law and mediation practices have seen a significant increase in requests for prenuptial agreements. My clients, whether they come from extensive family wealth, are self-made entrepreneurs, or young professionals just starting out in their careers, come to me with the best of intentions. They love their fiance and look forward to a long and happy marriage. But sometimes their approach to the prenuptial agreement gets in their own way. The first thing to realize is that a prenuptial agreement, and the negotiations leading up to it, are often harbingers of what the future marriage will bring. Acrimonious prenup negotiations have a tendency to lead to acrimonious marriages, with long-term resentment and unhappiness. If you want to start your marriage out right, these are the best practices I suggest my clients follow to make the prenuptial negotiation process move forward with as much ease and as little acrimony as possible.