New York Prenuptial Agreements: Study Shows that Cohabitating Before Marriage Increases Your Chances of Divorce

The New York Times just wrote an editorial citing a study that was recently released that shows that couples who live together before getting married are more likely to get divorce.  Your chances improve if you’re engaged before moving in together.

That being said, many couples today live together before getting engaged or married.

If you are going to get married and are worried about protecting your assets in the case of a divorce, a New York pre-nuptial agreement (prenup) is an excellent was to safeguard against what seems like the ever-increasing rate of divorce.

People seem to have different reactions to the concept of a prenuptial agreement.  You may want to protect yourself from the harsh New York divorce laws but are worried that your fiance would be insulted by the idea of a prenuptial agreement.  I’ve heard people call prenups “romance killers.”

Although they may take some negotiation, a well drafted prenuptial agreement is the only way to protect your assets in the case of divorce.

If you are interested in learning more about how a prenuptial agreement could protect you and your assets in the future in case things don’t turn out like you hope they will, call our New York divorce and family law firm to schedule your free prenupconsultation . (866) 830-2064…

17 replies
  1. Dilawctory
    Dilawctory says:

    I’m not happy with this study.

    I live with my girlfriend in my house since last September and everything is OK, but who knows…. 🙂

    So the prenuptial agreement is good idea before getting married

  2. Sarah@Worst speed traps in america
    Sarah@Worst speed traps in america says:

    Gheezz..Sad. I am not happy with it. I guess we should all think about of the possibilities which will happen when we get married. It’s all about making the right decisions and make sure everything is on the right places in terms of personal life, financial status, job, emotional status, spiritual and your environment. In that case, we can avoid getting a divorce a few days after marriage. 🙁

  3. Mary@divorce counseling
    Mary@divorce counseling says:

    How could cohabitation be so destructive when the dating was so perfect? Even though some have a sad ending, not all are destined for failure. There are many factors that can determine the fall of a relationship. If both mates work on these factors then this fall can obviously be avoided. Considering the many cons of cohabitation, moving in together may not be such a great choice.
    .-= Mary@divorce counseling´s last blog ..divorce counseling =-.

  4. naomi reilly
    naomi reilly says:


    I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch. I’m a freelance writer and am working on a piece for the British women’s magazine Stylist ( that I’m hoping you may be able to help with.

    It’s on the trend for marriage contracts/extreme prenups in the US – about how some couples are choosing to lock down all the details they expect from their future spouses – be it cleaning duties, emotional input or when to have children – in contracts that will hold up in court should they divorce.

    Basically, I’m looking to do short phone interviews with women in their twenties and thirties who have signed such prenups. If you know anyone who may fir the bill it would be great if you could ask them to get in touch at by Wednesday morning.

    Many Thanks,


  5. David Centeno
    David Centeno says:

    Ms. Reilly,

    I will ask some of my clients if they would be interested in your proposal. I have to obtain their consent to release their contact information first of course.

    Thank you,
    David Centeno, Esq.

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  7. Angela@Freelance web design
    Angela@Freelance web design says:

    Good article. Wow, I didn’t living with your partner before getting married actually INCREASES the chances of getting divorced. That’s so weird.

    To be honest, I don’t think I wanna get married anytime soon! There are just way too many obstacles involved in a legal way.

  8. Mansoor Ahmed
    Mansoor Ahmed says:

    Another really really cool post, was looking for this information for quite a few time. It is a really bad thing to live together before marriage is Islam. Scientifically it is wrong as well.

  9. Salvia Divinorum
    Salvia Divinorum says:

    I will absolutely NOT get a prenup when I finally get married. Unless one partner is horrendously wealthy, it just doesn’t make sense. Normal, working class people, don’t need to start their relationship off by segregating their assets from one another.

  10. Sean Rosensteel MN
    Sean Rosensteel MN says:

    I’m surprised by this study. I know a lot of people who live with their significant others prior to marriage, and they seem to be doing just fine. These days, I think people are more hesitant to “tie the knot” until they are confident that they know their partner well and that they can see themselves having a future together, and lots of times this involves moving in with your partner before getting married.

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