More Millennials Getting Prenuptial AgreementsA recent American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers survey claims that a growing number of millennials are creating prenuptial agreements before getting married. According to the survey, 51 percent of attorneys are seeing an increase in premarital agreements by millennials, who are generally defined as people born in the 1980s and 1990s. There are numerous ways that a prenuptial agreement can benefit couples during a potential divorce, including:

Prenuptial agreements have grown more popular for couples of all ages in recent years, but researchers are particularly interested by the increase among younger couples. There are several possible reasons why millennials are embracing prenuptial agreements.

Delayed Marriage

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Staying Together in an Unhappy MarriageConventional wisdom says that couples divorce because they are unhappy in their marriages. However, many couples will stay married, even though they are obviously miserable together. Parents may consider staying together a selfless action for the benefit of their children, but getting a divorce does not mean the parents are selfish. This reasoning also does not explain why a childless couple would remain in a bad marriage. Psychologists have theories on why unhappy couples stay together that are connected to the expectations of marriage.


Many people get married with hopes of love and emotional fulfillment, but marriage is also an institution of mutual benefit. Psychologists who follow the theory of interdependence believe that:

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Recognizing Different Parenting Time ViolationsWhen a court rules on parenting time as part of the allocation of parental responsibilities, it is a legally enforceable court order. A parent who violates the agreement may face criminal and civil consequences, including:

  • Fines;
  • Scheduling make-up parenting time for the other parent;
  • Payment of a cash bond to insure against future violations;
  • Probation;
  • Driver's license suspension; and
  • Up to a year in prison after a third offense.

Abuse of parenting time unlawfully reduces the amount of time one parent gets to spend with his or her children. There are multiple methods that parents can use to violate a parenting time agreement.

Withholding Children

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Overcoming the Stigma of Male Spousal SupportIt is increasingly common for women to be the breadwinner in marriages, while more husbands are choosing to be stay-at-home dads. Societal norms are changing so that marriage roles are more independent from gender. Gender norms have also changed in divorce. Whereas it was once assumed that the husband would pay spousal support to the wife, more courts are awarding spousal support to men. However, statistics suggest that a significant number of men are eligible for spousal support but do not receive it. Because Illinois law does not distinguish between genders in determining spousal support, there should be no legal reason for this. Society’s lingering gender bias is likely the reason more divorced men do not receive spousal support.

Male Pride

Some men believe that receiving spousal support payments from their former wives would emasculate them. Through their experiences witnessing other marriages growing up, they may have learned that:

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Women More Likely to Initiate DivorceWhen breaking down the finances of a typical heterosexual marriage, women are more likely to struggle financially following a divorce than men. There have been gains in gender equality as compared to decades ago, but husbands on average still have greater income and resources than their wives. The division of marital property and support payments from their husbands may not be enough to offset their increased financial responsibilities as single home owners or parents.

Despite what they have to lose, studies consistently show that women are more likely to ask for a divorce than men. One common theory is that women are more sensitive to relationship issues than men. However, some research does not support this theory. A recent study found that: 

  • Women initiate the divorce in 69 percent of case; but
  • Men and women are equally likely to break up a relationship that is not a marriage. 

The disparity suggests that there are qualities unique to marriage that cause relationships to dissolve. Researchers have hypothesized that traditional gender roles are possibly the reason more women ask for divorce.

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