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How many people have prenups?

You're considering a prenup. You know it's going to be awkward to bring it up, so you're wondering how common it really is. How many people have them?

Not that many people use prenups, despite their benefits, according to many reports. Some have said that just 5 percent of married couples drafted one before tying the knot. When you consider the divorce rates, you can see that most people are divorcing without any sort of protection in place.

What is interesting, though, is that many people think that a prenup could be useful and admit that it makes sense to draft one. Some studies have shown that about 30 percent -- close to one out of every three married individuals -- share this outlook.

This suggests that perhaps many people feel the same way you do: They think it's awkward. If you asked them, they'd tell you -- though perhaps not if their spouse was around -- that they supported the idea of a prenup. But, in reality, they never brought the subject up or never had the paperwork put on file.

Does this mean you should get a prenup? The answer is different for everyone. Only you know your specific situation, what your assets look like compared to your significant other's, and how much protection you want in your new, legal relationship.

This does show that a lot of people see the value in a prenup, though, even if they're hesitant to write one up. As you weigh your options, be sure you fully understand the process and your own legal rights.

Source: Bustle, "Should I Get A Prenup? Why You Should Have The Awkward Conversation With Your Partner Before You Get Married," Lea Rose Emery, accessed June 23, 2017

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