THE NUMBER of young Britons seeking pre-nuptials has risen as lawmakers are urging the courts and the government to decide on whether to make the pre-marriage contracts legally binding.
A recent poll of 1,000 people across the country found that nearly half of all 18-24 year olds would consider taking out a pre-nuptial agreement.
The research, published by Dawsons law firm and conducted by OnePoll, found that the youngest group surveyed were more likely to seek out the pre-marriage contract than any other as high-profile divorce disputes continue to hit the courts.
“It is clear that pre-nups are no longer the exclusive territory of the rich and famous. Younger men and women are aware that divorce is more than prevalent now than it was in the age of their parents and grandparents,” said Suzanne Kingston at Dawsons.
Similarly, 42 per cent of people surveyed between the ages of 45-54 years have considered taking out a pre-nuptial agreement as they have either gone through a divorce or know someone who has.
But Britons are still unsure about it and 65 per cent said they would not consider taking out the pre-marriage contract.
The results come as lawyers are eagerly awaiting a landmark ruling to come out of the Supreme Court on the bitter dispute between heiress Katrin Radmacher and husband Nicolas Granantino.
Lawyers are expecting the “landmark” ruling to give guidance to the legal status of the pre-nuptial agreement.
Kingston said: “The ruling by the Supreme Court on the Radmacher divorce will mark the end of what has been one of the most acrimonious and high profile divorce cases in recent years…this will see the status of pre-nuptial agreements clarified by the highest court in the country at last.”