Buzz kill or just being practical? A look at the modern-day prenup

Aug 9, 2017

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Prenuptial agreements are often associated with wealth.

When the 1% marry, they draw up contracts to protect the significant assets they have going into the marriage.

But in recent years, prenups have become more common, extending far beyond the super rich. In a 2016 survey, 62% of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers members said they had seen an increase in prenups. 51% of members observed an increase in millennials seeking prenups.

Explanations vary. Some attribute the increase to the people getting married older, and therefore having more to protect. Others cite spiking divorce rates, arguing that these lead people to enter into marriage expecting divorce.

We want to hear from you. Would you consider a prenup? Do you think the contractual nature of the agreement detracts from the romance of marriage? Has marriage become more of a trial than ’til death do us part?’


Kelly Chang Rickert, certified family law specialist at Purpose Driven Lawyers in Pasadena

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