Prenuptial agreements have long been thought to be unbreakable contracts between two people who are getting married. However, a recent case whereby a woman convinced a court that her prenup was void has begun to make people change their minds. Documents once drawn up as a guideline for divorce are now being challenged.
Divorce is a part of the fabric of Pennsylvania society. The simple truth is that not all marriages last forever. Some statistics indicate that about 25 percent of marriages will be over before the tenth wedding anniversary, while 10 percent will not make it beyond the fifth one. One commentator notes the general disparity in financial circumstances between men and women after divorce, a fact that underscores the need for women to consider the potential impact of a separation occurring down the line. Almost two thirds of men are thought to enjoy a better lifestyle post-divorce, while somewhat more than one third of women will experience that.
The old nursery rhyme "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage" has been turned on its ear in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. While love may still come first, what comes after that is up for grabs. For some, it is a prenuptial agreement. For others, it might be a postnuptial agreement. Another family law proposal currently making the media rounds is referred to as a marriage contract.