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Lawyers say they are seeing an uptick in prenuptial agreements

There was a time not too long ago that prenuptial agreements were considered taboo contracts that only the elite of married couples should even consider. The idea went that, since you were considering the thought of divorce before you even uttered the words "I do," a prenuptial agreement was anti-love and unhealthy for the marriage. The argument basically boiled down to this: a prenuptial agreement predicted the ultimate doom of the marriage.

Obviously, that isn't true. Just because a couple signs prenuptial agreement does not mean they are destined to divorce. Many couples have signed prenups and enjoyed long, happy marriages -- and they don't have to worry about a divorce completely ruining their lives because their assets and property are not covered by a prenup.

However, there is another aspect to the old prenup ways that does not hold water anymore: prenups are popular. The stigma attached them seems to be fading, if not completely gone. According a new survey of members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 63 percent of respondents said they have seen an increase in prenuptial agreements in the past three years.

Prenuptial agreements are vital contracts in today's world. They protect both spouses from suffering a long, protracted and damaging divorce that way not yield the results they want. Instead, a prenup can establish how certain assets and issues are resolved before any disagreements occur in a divorce, and it makes the divorce process much simpler. Even if a couple didn't sign a prenuptial agreement, they could sign a post-nuptial agreement -- which functions in a similar manner.

Source: Huffington Post, "Prenuptial Agreements Are on the Rise, And More Women Are Requesting Them," Oct. 22, 2013

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