Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Prenuptial Agreements on the Rise

by Wendy Alton

A recent Detroit Free Press article reported that a majority of lawyers are seeing an increase in requests for prenuptial agreements and that more women are requesting prenuptial agreements prior to getting married. Part of the reason for the increase is the fact that people are getting married at an older age, and that there are more frequent second marriages or marriages blending families together.

For couples that are anticipating marriage, it is very important to consider having a prenuptial agreement in place prior to getting married. This is particularly important if each person has their own property, investments, retirement and savings. A prenuptial agreement is an agreement between couples getting married on how they are going to distribute assets they bring to the marriage and assets they acquire during the marriage if the couple divorces or if one of them passes away.

Prenuptial agreements are very common when two individuals are bringing significant assets of their own into the marriage, or even significant debt. They are also common when people are marrying later in life and they have grown children they want to provide for if they were to pass away. They are far more common than they used to be.

You can read the Detroit Free Press article here: More Women and 2nd Timers want Prenup

If you are interested in learning more about prenuptial agreements or have a question about divorce, please call Wendy Alton at 248-380-9976 or email her at

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