A Quick Primer on Prenups

A prenuptial agreement helps protect your assets in a divorce.

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Prenuptial agreements are popular with wealthy celebrities, but plenty of ordinary couples are taking steps to protect their assets in case their marriage ends in divorce. Some 20% of American couples have a prenup, and 50% of Americans said they support the use of prenups, according to a 2023 Harris Poll, up from 42% in 2022. 

Julia Rodgers, a family law attorney who co-founded Hello Prenup, a website that helps users create a do-it-yourself prenuptial agreement, says a prenup is particularly important for couples who have children from a previous marriage. Baby boomers will leave an estimated $80 trillion in assets to their millennial and Generation Z children through 2045, according to Cerulli Associates, a research and consulting firm. “If you want to keep your wealth in the family and not lose it in a divorce, you should protect it with a prenup,” Rodgers says. 

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Ella Vincent
Staff Writer

Ella Vincent is a personal finance writer who has written about credit, retirement, and employment issues. She has previously written for Motley Fool and Yahoo Finance. She enjoys going to concerts in her native Chicago and watching basketball.