Changing view regarding pre-nuptial agreements

A growing number of young people would be open to the idea of signing a pre-nuptial agreement, a new study suggests.

Research published this month revealed that more than half of under 35s thought that the arrangements were a “completely normal” consideration before tying the knot.

And around a third of those surveyed said they would be happy to sign such an agreement.

Only 17 per cent found the idea “offensive”.

The response shows a shift in attitude towards pre-nups in the UK; for a long time the idea was far more familiar in countries where the agreements carry legal weight.

Common reasons people gave for considering pre-nups included:

  • A desire to protect their assets or those of their parents
  • Concern that their partner was not very good with money
  • The fact that they had lost out following the end of a previous relationship and wanted to avoid something similar happening again.

Only one in four of the 3125 respondents agreed with the statement that pre-nups were the sole preserve of the rich.

But the survey suggests that despite an overall softening of attitudes, there remains a generational divide.

While the under 35s may be increasingly comfortable with the agreements, over 55s remain more conservative in their views. Only 17 per cent of people in this age group would be comfortable entering into such an arrangement, still believing them to be “unromantic.”

The Law Commission signalled earlier this year that the agreements should become legally binding in the UK, although only once the needs of a separating couple and their children had been taken into account.