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Family law professionals seeing increase in prenups

In many circles, millennials -- generally accepted as those born between 1980 and 2000 -- are trendsetters, as those in their age group have been for generations. However, far more than establishing the popularity of music and fashion, today's 18 to 34-year-olds are widening the acceptance of many lifestyle factors, including those concerning family law. One item that is gaining popularity among millennials in Massachusetts and beyond is the prenuptial agreement.

Today's young adults have vastly different ideas concerning marriage from past generations. Millennials are establishing their careers first, waiting longer to get married and delaying having children. They also, as a group, enter marriage with their own individual wealth, considerable student loan debt and a perception of marriage as something that is not meant to last forever.

In light of these factors, a prenuptial contract makes sense. With such an agreement in place, prospective marriage partners of any generation can provide security for their individual assets while protecting themselves from their partner's debt. Prenuptial contracts can also address other matters, such as the rights to an inheritance and how to separate community property in the event of a divorce.

Massachusetts family law attorneys have seen an increase in couples signing prenuptial agreements, especially among those engaged couples who were children when their own parents divorced. Every couple is different, and the laws concerning the stipulations in a prenuptial agreement vary from state to state. This is why millennials and others who have questions about their contracts seek the advice of an experienced lawyer.

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