Has the prenup turned marriage into a glorified "business transaction"?

Has marriage become a glorified business transaction?
I was reading an article on Reuters, English Divorce Law is a recipe for financial strife, about the old debate in UK about whether prenups are, or should be enforceable as a matter of law. The author rehashed the Radmacher case which most blogs and press have already discussed ad nauseum years ago. So most of it is old news. But one thing the author said that jumped out at me, right away, is, “while marriage isn’t a business transaction, the wealthy in particular could benefit from being able to agree legally enforceable pre-nuptial agreements.” And I thought, “Oh really? Says who? From the where I am sitting, looks to me that marriage has become a business transaction for a lot of folks!”
And the very prenup is the reason why. 16783970674_1f513a8a66_z
Prenups are contracts and contracts are ipso facto, business deals. Are they not? You enter into a contract with someone (vis a vis, shake hands or make oral promises you don’t intend to keep) because, you mean business. It is a question of nomenclature, really; a semantic issue. A prenup is a really a divorce agreement; a business covenant that details how the spoils of a marriage and other “separate” assets will be treated when the divorce  happens – even if people get married and hope for the best, everyone knows that about  50 percent of people getting married in America will have to deal with a divorce at some point.
No one would call a prenup a “divorce business agreement.” Why? Well, it doesn’t sound very romantic, does it. But that is exactly what it is. And it is big business, big liability, big stakes for a lot of wealthy people. Just ask Donald Trump. Period, he doesn’t get married without taking care of the business of the divorce first. ALL his wives MUST sign a prenup, or there is no marriage. He says this. I read it in his book. He’s a businessman, not a romantic fool and he understands the stakes when these things implode and so he gets divorce contracts drawn up before he gets married. And he’s not the only rich guy who approaches his marriages this way. Increasingly, treating marriage like a “business transaction” is becoming a part of the International social customs and norms.
The larger question is whether this is a good thing or not. I certainly think prenups make sense. But I am also anti-divorce. So on a personal level, would I sign one? I don’t know. It would be like leaving open the possibility of divorce, which I am very reluctant to do on a personal level. At the same time, this “partnership” called marriage, is “serious business.” It’s not about just one person’s values. Divorce may not be an option for one party to a marriage, but may be the only option for the other. So one has to be pragmatic about it. But do these things prenups take away some of the “sanctity” of what marriage ought to be? I think so, yes. But for how many people does the so called “sanctity” of marriage even come up in the discourse? Not that many. So therefore people should not be so skittish about getting prenups.
Which brings me to this article I recently read on Forbes: Skittish About a Prenup, Like It or Not You Already Have One.  What do you think about it?
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