It’s a sign of the times that an agreement that was once considered the ultimate insult is becoming more and more commonplace and accepted. When a woman dreams of her love popping the question, they understand that more often than not that engagement ring will be accompanied by a prenuptial agreement.
It doesn’t matter if the couple is movie stars of just common everyday people, prenups are becoming de rigueur. A prenuptial agreement is simply a contract that spells out beforehand who gets what in the case of a divorce. There are several reasons for the increase in prenup use. Women are often going into marriages with their own assets these days, many couples know at least one person who has come out on the losing end of the divorce lawyer battle.
The horror stories of divorce battles have led people to be more wary going into marriage. Even if a couple doesn’t have any major assets at the time of the marriage, most plan on building careers and acquiring assets throughout the marriage and if the marriage ends after 20 years the spouses don’t want to lose everything they’ve worked for together.
The fact that most marriages these days are second or even third marriages means that most people have already been through the emotional and financial stress of a divorce without benefit of a prenup, and know that they don’t want to go through that again.
When you have a good prenuptial agreement and everyone knows what happens in the case of a divorce, there is no need for divorce lawyers to battle it out and hammer out each individual detail of the marital asset split.