The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently performed a survey of their members regarding prenuptial agreement. The survey uncovered two interesting pieces of information:
- 63 percent of respondents said that they saw an increase in prenuptial agreements in their casework over the last three years.
- 46 percent of respondents said they noticed more women requesting a prenup.
The survey provides some very interesting information regarding the way people are thinking as they enter marriage. It used to be that prenuptial agreements were considered taboo; that even considering one was a harbinger of doom for your marriage. But now, prenups are given much more thought by both men and women when they marry. People are far more aware of the financial implications of getting divorced, and a prenup is a step towards protecting yourself should a divorce occur.
For example, let’s say you and your sweetheart get married, but there are some significant assets that one of you brings to the marriage. It could be anything: a substantial estate, pieces of property, even debt. Whatever it is, though, the two of you will want to talk it out and draft a contract that addresses the issue.
Now, in order to make sure your prenuptial agreement is well crafted and compliant with the law, you will want to consult an experienced divorce attorney to help you out. Remember, prenups are customized contracts that suit your unique situation — so you really will need that experience and legal input to ensure your requests are acceptable and compliant.