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US Matrimonial Lawyers see rise in prenuptial agreements

More women are initiating requests for prenups

In a recent survey of members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 73% of divorce attorneys reported an increase in prenuptial agreements during the past five years.  In addition, 52% have noted an increase in women initiating the requests, while 36% of those surveyed cited a rise in pensions and retirement benefits being included under prenuptial agreements.

"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," said Marlene Eskind Moses, president of the AAML.  "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."