The New Dating Trend: The Pre-Prenup

Couples are making agreements before moving in together
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2010 3:00 PM CST
The New Dating Trend: The Pre-Prenup
Many young people are hashing out agreements before moving in together.   (Shutterstock)

Prenups aren’t just for married people anymore. As more and more young couples move in with each other, many are hashing out dating prenups, legally known as cohabitation agreements or “cohabs” to sort out who gets what in the event of a breakup. “The divorce rate is so high” that people are “just petrified of getting married,” explains one lawyer, who says he’s been getting more and more calls about cohabs.

“I find it really, really freeing that we can talk about stuff like this,” says one man, who recently struck a custody pact with his girlfriend for their dog. Some cohabs are actually written by a lawyer, but others are written informally; even an email exchange can serve as a binding contract. One lawyer says to get legal help only if your possessions are valuable. “If you have nothing, you can split nothing both ways.” (More dating stories.)

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