An Opinion Poll* conducted in January 2011 of over 2,000 parents have found that 35% of parents were unwilling to leave an inheritance as their child’s spouse could end up with some of the inheritance in the event of their splitting up.
One in four parents were not confident that their child’s marriage would last. Over 72% wanted Pre-Nuptial Agreements to become legally binding, but the survey suggests that it unlikely that a parent would interfere with their children’s choice of spouse or partner, instead they may put off inheritance planning.
Kate Chandler, Head of our Family Department said of the research:
“It is natural for parents to want to benefit and protect future generations. This can be achieved without a change in the law on Pre-Nups providing there is joined-up thinking between Will making and Pre-Nup or Co-habitation agreements”.