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Considering divorce rates in the U.S., it is surprising to many divorce lawyers that such a small percent of couples entering marriage discuss the option of a prenuptial. Not just for people with a high net worth, some divorce experts believe more couples will begin to sign prenuptials and recent trends indicate the upward rise.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 43 percent of first marriages end in divorce within 15 years, and that number jumps to about 70 percent for second marriages. Still, even though people understand the numbers, they continue wanting to believe their relationship will defy the statistics and that their chances for divorce are zero.
Experts range in advising on the topic of prenuptial agreements. While some believe everybody, regardless of income or age, should sign a prenuptial agreement, others recommend only older couples who already own property or stocks, or couples entering a second marriage.
Prenuptial agreements allow a couple to decide their financial matters on their own, opposed to allow the laws to dictate a divorce settlement, which some experts believe should be fully weighed.
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