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Millennials and divorce: A different generation’s take

Millennials and divorce: A different generation's take

Divorce attorneys are starting to meet more clients from the Millennial generation as the older members of the generation reach the age where they find themselves married and considering divorce.

Divorce attorneys are finding that Millennials are not exactly what they expect.

As a group, Millennials are stereotyped to be less loyal and less traditional. However, attorneys find that their clients in that generation may have less combined property and debt — but deeply intertwined emotions and lives. As a whole, they seem genuinely committed to their relationships — but also pragmatic and unwilling to hang onto a long-term relationship that isn’t working.

If you’re a member of that generation and this is an attitude that you share with others of your generation, a divorce attorney can help you craft an “exit plan” that’s practical and agreeable to both you and your life partner in case things don’t work out:

  1. A cohabitation agreement — Texas still acknowledges common law marriages. While it takes more than just cohabitation to create a common law marriage, cohabitation agreements can provide protection in the event that a common law marriage develops (either by accident or design).
  2. A prenuptial agreement — Probably the most pragmatic thing that any engaged couple can do is decide how to control their parting while they’re still in love with each other and willing to make concessions for the other person’s well-being. It can save a lot of heartache later and make it easier to part as friends.
  3. A post-nuptial agreement — Even if you didn’t get a prenuptial agreement, you can still get the same benefits of one through a post-nuptial agreement. They’re essentially the same, only signed sometime after the wedding.

Family law attorneys don’t just handle divorce — they handle practical plans that can often provide a couple with a sense of ease that relieves feelings of anxiety about what would happen if things fall apart.

Source: www.dmagazine.com, “The Millennial Divorce,” D Partner Studio, Nov. 14, 2017

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