By Rebecca White

Looking for some solid relationship advice from a celebrity couple? Well, you’re in luck, because Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade have just stated that they swear by getting a prenup before marriage. According to UsMagazine.comUnion and Wade signed a prenup prior to their celebrity wedding in August 2014. “Now that it’s time to get married to a man who happens to play basketball and has done well for himself, I want to make it clear that I have in no way hitched my wagon to his star,” Union said. “I have my own wagon and star.”

Many celebrity couples need to put a prenup in place prior to getting married. What are three reasons why prenups can help your relationship and love life?

Cupid’s Advice:

While we aren’t all celebrity couples with our ‘wagon and star,’ we do need to protect our assets and openly communicate with our partners. Remember to keep in mind that while this agreement is binding, it is not necessarily planning for divorce. It’s simply having a backup plan:

1. Upfront and honest communication: Relationships require upfront and honest communication. Now that Union and Wade have discussed and planned for the future, there will be no need for arguments pertaining to power issues later on.

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2. Separating debt: Debts pile up, regardless of whether you’re a celebrity couple or not. It may be wise to separate debt obligations like student loans, child support and/or credit cards. Discussing which income will pay for each debt and what impact that will have on future purchases is very important. Keep in mind that prenups are open to amendment with a postnup, in case circumstances change.

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3. Make sure your partner is marriage material: Many of the issues discussed during a prenup agreement are things that you would actually want to know before getting married. These conversations will help reveal what you have in common and what could become a deal breaker. Luckily, Union and Wade were even happier in their Hollywood relationship after getting a prenup!

Do you think a prenup can help your relationship and love life? Comment below!