More women want a prenuptial agreement

More than half of prenuptial agreements are initiated by women, according to new research from the US.

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has found that 52 per cent of its members have noticed a rise in the number of women making the requests since 2005.

In addition to this, more than a third (36 per cent) noted that long-term security has become more important, as more clients wanted protection of pensions and retirement benefits to be included in the financial agreements.

Some 73 per cent of members said that there has been increased demand for prenup agreements, while just over a quarter (27 per cent) said that demand remained the same.

Commenting on the findings, the AAML's president Marlene Eskind Moses said: "Prenuptial agreements are becoming more generally accepted as an effective way to protect assets. Interestingly, these requests are no longer just limited to a specific gender or age group.

"In addition, as our society sees more people marry or remarry in their later years, there is an increasing emphasis on protecting pensions and retirement benefits if the marriage does not work out."

Posted by Christopher Evans

Published on: October 4, 2010

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