Jeffrey Lalloway points out in his California Divorce and Family Law Blog, an overwhelming 80% of divorce attorneys cited an increase in prenuptial agreements during the past five years in a recent poll of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer (AAML) members. In addition, 65% of those surveyed answered that prenuptial agreements are most often sought by men and women in the age range of 40-60 years old, revealing that people in the Baby Boomer generation are currently the most likely to request the contracts.
"It can be a sensitive subject, but in the same way you would discuss your future goals and dreams with a partner, prenuptial agreements can often represent the best way to ensure the needs of both parties are considered in the event of divorce," said Cheryl Lynn Hepfer, president of the AAML. "A married couple hopes never to have to enforce the terms of a prenup, but they also realize divorce proceedings could be much more unpleasant without such an agreement in place."
In a survey question that asked about the strangest items included in prenuptial agreements, 31% of the attorneys noted provisions being made for a family pet, while some of the lawyers shared even more offbeat areas that have been addressed. These unique agreements have included adultery penalties, terms for frequency of intimacy, limitations on weight gain, and schedules for housekeeping.