Not so very long ago prenuptial agreements were broadly frowned upon. The concern was that if a couple was drawing up a document that would safeguard each individual’s interests in the event of divorce, there must be some significant doubt on the part of one or both members of that couple that the marriage would last.
Nowadays, the popularity of prenuptial agreements is skyrocketing, so much so that it is now more suspect – at least, in some communities and circles – to forgo the process of drafting a prenup than it is to draw one up in advance of “the big day.”
So many social factors have contributed to this social shift in perception concerning prenuptial agreements that it is difficult to articulate them all succinctly. With that said, there is probably one that stands above the rest.
Since divorce itself became more socially acceptable, more kids have grown up exposed to its influences and aftermath. As a result, younger adults whose parents (or friends’ parents) have divorced may simply desire to benefit from some protection and predictability in the event that their own unions end in legal dissolution.
Drafting a prenuptial agreement doesn’t mean one harbors serious doubts about oneself, one’s partner or even the future. It simply means that thoughtful consideration has been given to the reality that none of us knows what the future holds, and being proactive usually yields more favorable results than rolling the dice.
With all of this said, it is understandable that not everyone is committed to the idea of drafting a prenup. Those who have questions can become more empowered to make informed decisions by seeking legal guidance.