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Younger marrying couples increasingly embracing prenups

On Behalf of | Jul 12, 2018 | Family Law, Firm News

Prenuptial agreements promote marital discord, right? Rather than helping ensure long-term marriage success for a fledgling couple in Arkansas or elsewhere, a prenup is more akin to an agent of doom at the very start of a union.

Grandma might endorse such views. Not so much the adult grandkids.

In fact, notes a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, there is a groundswell of change these days surrounding prenup-linked perceptions. And it is being driven by Millennials, the demographic that is tying the marital knot more than any other group.

In other words, it doesn’t matter so much anymore that a given baby boomer or advanced senior thinks that a couple’s very mouthing of the word prenup will sabotage marital bliss from the start. It matters far more that legions – and consistently escalating numbers – of younger couples see marital contracts in progressively rational terms and as legal instruments that can materially strengthen rather than undermine marital stability.

There are actually many and quite logical reasons why Millennial couples are progressively casting aside blinders as they consider the utilitarian aspects of marital contracts. To a large degree, marrying couples these days are committing to life together at an older age than their parents did, and with more assets already stashed away. Moreover, far more women than in previous generations are prospering in the workplace; it is in fact females who are now driving many of the prenup-linked discussions now being held at family law firms across the country.

In summary, the taint surrounding marital agreements that existed in the minds of many Americans in prior years has now been materially supplanted by a growing appreciation for the value they can add to a marriage.

Questions or concerns regarding a marital contract (prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, respectively) can be addressed to an experienced family law attorney.


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