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New York couples with cold feet may be headed for divorce

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