The percentage of couples who signed a prenuptial agreement gradually increases
19 April 2021
In 2020, Ukrainians concluded 7,458 prenuptial agreements. It is 7% higher than in 2019.
The percentage of couples with such agreements increases gradually. In 2018, 2.68% of all registered marriages had a prenuptial agreement, while in 2020, this figure equaled 4.44%.
In other words, three years ago, only one new couple out of 40 signed a prenuptial agreement, while now almost every 20th does so.
|Number of marriages||228,411||237,858||167,974|
|Number of prenuptial agreements||6,167||6,957||7,458|
The increase in the number of prenuptial agreements is particularly notable because of the pandemic and the decrease in new marriages. To compare: in 2019, the number of registered marriages in Ukraine was 237,900, while in 2020, it was 167,900, which is less by 29%.
An attorney Alla Melnichenko stated top three reasons why prenuptial agreements gain popularity:
— «Division of property might take years. Today, young people have a more practical view about marriage because they value their time.
— Most disagreements between spouses are related to what property will be transferred to the child they have together. The agreement allows regulating this issue in advance.
— Often, one of the spouses has a debt that has to be paid after divorce at the cost of the common property. It might be stated in a prenuptial agreement that each spouse is responsible for their obligations».
According to the expert, the increased number of prenuptial agreements is a predicted tendency, even though the stereotypes interfere.
«A prenuptial agreement is not a sign of mistrust, — Alla comments. — In contrast to some other countries, in Ukraine, this agreement only regulates property rights and responsibilities; therefore, it is impossible to control a spouse or establish some personal obligations using a prenuptial agreement. From a legal point of view, a prenuptial agreement is a useful thing».
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