In a survey of more than 1,500 Charlotte Agenda readers, 62 percent of respondents said they think prenuptial agreements (a.k.a. prenups) are a good idea. The coronavirus pandemic may cause that number to swell, a Charlotte lawyer says.
When we covered the topic two years ago, 64 percent of readers were in favor of a prenup. Talk about being consistent.
Emma Scotthorn, who’s in her 20s, shares her thoughts on the topic saying, “There’s no reason not to. If you stay together, fantastic! You didn’t need it. But if you do split, it makes separation so much legally easier and less expensive. It’s a way to protect yourself.”
“While I don’t believe in divorce, I think anything can happen and it’s important to protect yourself,” says Tessa Dyer, who’s in her 20s.
Christy Lee Plebanski, who’s in her 40s, says, “Both of us are on our second marriages. No one goes in thinking it won’t last. But it happens. Divorces can bring out the ugly in people. Your anger and hurt cloud your judgement. If you can avoid the fighting, why wouldn’t you? If you went in with something substantial, you should be able to leave with it.”
Nicole Sodoma, managing principal and attorney at Sodoma Law, says prenups are typically more common in second marriages like Plebanski’s.
She also notes that more couples from the Boomer, Gen-X, and millennial generations alike are opting for a prenup. In fact, a new study shows that there’s been a recent uptick in millennial couples opting for prenups. Half of the lawyers surveyed reported that they’d seen an increase in millennial couples choosing to put one into place.