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He Planned to Marry into Her Wealthy Family, But When They Slid Him a Prenup, His Reaction Took Them by Surprise.

A man known as the Original Poster (OP) and his fiancée, hailing from vastly different socioeconomic backgrounds, find their love put to a brutal test when faced with signing a prenuptial agreement. The conflict spirals into a climax as OP stands at the crossroads, forced to choose between his career and love. His decision could reshape the course of his life, but what will he choose?

Opposites Attract

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OP, a 29-year-old man from a modest background, meets a 28-year-old woman from an affluent family. Both are only children but come from completely different backgrounds. The couple finds themselves falling for each other.

A Late Revelation

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Three years into their relationship, OP learns about his fiancée’s wealthy background. She didn’t bring it up initially because her family’s opulence made her self-conscious. The realization does not impact their relationship directly but sets the stage for a future conflict.

The Engagement

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Five years after they start dating, OP proposes to his girlfriend at Christmastime, to the surprise and delight of both of their families. The parents are happy for the couple to find love and excited at the prospect of expanding their families.

The Prenuptial Proposal

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Just days before the wedding, OP’s fiancée and her family present him with a prenuptial agreement. The agreement, which ensures each party retains financial independence, was never mentioned before, creating a sense of unease.

Calling Off the Engagement

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Overwhelmed by the sudden demand for a prenup, OP decides to call off the wedding. He proposes to postpone the event until they can sort things out. However, his decision is met with backlash from both families, accusing him of being unreasonable.

The Prospect of a New Home

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Discussions have been circulating about the couple receiving a house in a rural area near the fiancée’s parents upon their marriage. The fiancée seems excited at the prospect. However, the thought of moving to a rural location with a binding prenup raises concerns for OP.

Limited Opportunities

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Moving to the countryside would limit OP’s job opportunities due to the specialized nature of his work. This decision would also force him to either abandon his career path or endure a 6-hour daily commute, which seems practically impossible. The prenup, therefore, places him in a challenging position of choosing between career and love.

The Financial Implications

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Moving to a rural location could halve OP’s annual income, leading to a significant decrease in potential earnings over the years. In case of a divorce, a signed prenup would deprive him of any compensation for this loss. This puts OP at a significant financial disadvantage.

A Compromise Proposition

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In response to the difficult situation, OP offers to sign a prenup that dissolves after five years. This proposal aims to demonstrate his long-term commitment and assuage his fiancée’s family’s fears. Yet, his attempt at a compromise doesn’t seem to alleviate the tension.

Infidelity Clause

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OP further suggests an infidelity clause in the prenuptial agreement, proposing its dissolution if his fiancée were unfaithful. His fiancée is staunchly against this idea, causing OP to see a potential red flag. His second attempt at compromise also falls flat, intensifying the conflict.

The Question of Unconditional Love

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Frustrated and disheartened, OP starts questioning the authenticity of their love. His refusal to sign an unjust prenup leads him to reassess the necessity of marriage itself. The romance now faces its harshest test, threatening to alter the course of their relationship forever.

A Risky Sacrifice

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OP comes to terms with the fact that getting married and moving to a rural location means giving up his career. He becomes aware of the lack of security if he chooses love over his professional life. This understanding makes him question whether he is prepared to make such a significant sacrifice.

Seeking Security

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The love for his fiancée and the fear of losing his career battle within OP. He yearns for a sense of security before surrendering his lucrative career. The struggle pushes him further into uncertainty about his future with his fiancée.

Not a Gold Digger

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Despite the vast wealth of his fiancée’s family, OP insists he’s no gold digger. In the event of a divorce, he expresses his desire for a fair share to compensate for his losses, not a 50/50 split. His stance reveals his intentions to maintain integrity and fairness, despite the difficult circumstances.

A Question of Trust

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OP’s attempts to negotiate terms of the prenup bring him face to face with a crucial question about trust. His fiancée’s unwillingness to consider infidelity as a cause for dissolving the prenup raises questions about her commitment to their relationship. The conflict escalates as OP struggles to find a common ground.

Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts his story online for feedback. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “A prenup is standard practice, especially if there is a large disparity in assets. But the best approach is to have your lawyer negotiate your side.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “If one person expects another to basically put their career and earning potential power on the back burner to support them, then that person should have a right to some compensation for their sacrifice.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “There are many instances where prenups make sense. This prenup sounds TERRIBLE, though. From the rough outline you give, she intends all her income to be her money and all your income to be joint income. Don’t do it.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “If you can’t come to an understanding that you both agree to, you will enter the marriage with resentment, and that will almost certainly lead to a divorce.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.

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