For Many Boomers, Prenuptial Agreements Move into the Mainstream by douglasborthwick


									For Many Boomers, Prenuptial Agreements Move into the Mainstream
By Douglas Borthwick

Signing a prenuptial agreement is no longer limited to the rich and famous, most
matrimonial lawyers report. Even before the current economic slowdown, 80
percent of lawyers were reporting an increase in the trend.

As the economy continues to show signs of uncertainty, prenuptial agreements
no longer carry the stigma they once did, especially among the Baby Boom
generation, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The trend among Boomers to opt for prenuptial agreements stems from a
number of factors, the report noted. First, Boomers are more likely to marry more
than once in their lifetime. Multiple marriages, along with the division of property
and assets associated with divorce, present complications not seen by previous

Second, Boomers are moving into retirement, which places added emphasis on
longer-term financial security.

In addition, some states, such as California, regard marital assets as communal
property, which typically calls for a 50-50 split of assets at divorce in the absence
of a prenuptial agreement.

As a result of these and other societal trends, many couples now regard
prenuptial agreements as a way of ensuring marital harmony, rather than a threat
to their future relationship.

About Douglas Borthwick: A partner with the law firm of Freeman and Borthwick,
attorney Douglas Borthwick provides clients with legal services focusing on
personal injury, estate planning, and family law.

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