Prenups 'are a good idea'

March 18, 2014, 6:07 PM GMT+0

Most Americans think that prenups are a good idea and very few think that they increase the chances of divorce

Around 50% of American marriages end in divorce, causing a large burden for the courts and racking up millions upon millions in legal fees for lawyers. Prenuptial agreements can prevent a lot of these disputes, however, by drawing up how assets would be divided ahead of time. Many who dislike 'prenups' find the anticipation of divorce to be unromantic to say the least.

The latest research from YouGov shows that many Americans think that these agreements are not necessarily a precursor to divorce. Nearly half of those polled (47%) do not think the agreement would make a difference in how likely a couple is to get divorced. Only 14% think that prenups increase the chances of divorce. Younger Americans, aged 18 to 29, are actually the mostly likely (19%) to think that having a prenup increases the chances of divorce.

Asked whether prenups are generally a good idea, a majority (51%) of Americans think that they are a good idea. Only 9% say that they are a bad idea while 25% say that they are neither bad nor good. Nevertheless, Americans narrowly tend to say that they would not (40%) get a prenup if they were to get married for the first time now, rather than get one (38%).

Full poll results can be found here.

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