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One in ten married people regret not making a pre-nuptial agreement

20% of Londoners wish that they had made a pre-nup

One in ten married people in the United Kingdom wish that they had made their partner sign a pre-nuptial agreement, according to a new survey commissioned by the Liverpool law firm Cassell Moore

In London a fifth of those surveyed admitted 'regret' at not having signed a pre-nup. However, in the North-West of England roughly one in 20 people had entered into a contact.

John Owens, a family law specialist at Cassell Moore, said:

"We've recently seen a three-fold increase in demand for pre-marital agreements – more than we ever had before. In many instances it's in preparation for a second marriage, where it's a case of 'once bitten, twice shy'.

"And I think people nowadays are just very conscious about the cost of a divorce. Everyone will have seen the recent high profile cases in the press which involved huge legal sums being spent on legal fees."

The statistics, revealed by a survey of 1,000 men and women in the UK by OnePoll, found 10.1% of people overall regretted not signing a pre-nup.

The other partner 'refusing' to enter into a pre-marital contract was the biggest reason for not having one, according to 3.3%. A further 2.2% said they were too 'nervous' to ask their husband or wife. Meanwhile 3% said they wanted to get a pre-nup, but simply didn't know how to go about arranging one.

The data also highlighted a difference of opinion about pre-nups between men and women, with females (12.7%) more likely than males (7.2%) to want one.

John Owens added:

"There really is no 'type' of person getting a pre-marital agreement as it stands today. We're seeing people from all backgrounds and walks of life, from working class families to wealthy businessmen."