With approximately half of all marriages said to be ending in divorce these
days, it's no surprise that there are studies directed at finding
the cause. One recent study suggests that
divorce is more likely down the road when a bride has pre-wedding doubts about
getting married in the first place. If a New York bride-to-be has a case
of the jitters, perhaps a prenuptial agreement can put both parties at ease.
The study involved tracking 464 couples over a four year period. The couples
were interviewed every six months during that time. At the initial interview,
each spouse was asked if they had doubts about getting married. Of all
of the factors noted in the study, premarital doubts - particularly from
the women - appeared to be a decisive factor for those couples that were
divorced by the end of the four year study.
With so many divorces every year, its may be a surprise that more couples
don't have a prenuptial agreement. Couples in New York may be relieved
to know that these agreements aren't only for the wealthy. Some people
may say that a prenuptial agreement invites a divorce, but that does not
have to be the case. It can simply provide the peace of mind that, should
something go wrong in the future, each party is protected.
Getting a divorce is an understandably emotional process, and most couples
do spend some time reflecting on the beginning of their marriage when
they are at the end. Couples that have prenuptial agreements may have
the satisfaction of knowing that they heeded initial concerns and protected
themselves financially. Further, having a prenuptial agreement may also
result in a more amicable and speedier divorce. Even though the marriage
may not have survived, the divorce process does not have to be difficult.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor, "Cold feet? Pre-wedding jitters of bride is divorce indicator," Stephanie Hanes, Sep. 17, 2012