From Prenups To Prepups—The New Era Of Child Rearing In America—Is This Really Necessary?

source: Tracy Few

With surrogacy coming out of the shadows of once being looked at as taboo, we can be pretty sure other areas once spoken in hushed words when it came to pregnancy will become the norm.  

One such area is that of a legal binding contract that pertains to the time before, during and after pregnancy.  This new legal trend that celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon with is termed a “pre-pup”.

Many who have been pregnant can tell you that the very event itself is a life changer.  Not only during the pregnancy but before and after as well.  And with the world turning more towards gender equality, it was just a matter of time before something such as this devised and instigated. 

Since the dawn of time, the job of child-rearing has pretty much fallen on the female.  She carried the child and then when born provided much of the child's care and upbringing.  However, now there has been a method devised to where the responsibility of the child-rearing is more evenly distributed between the parents.

Introducing the “pre-pup”.

Patterned along the lines of the “prenup”, the “pre-pup” is a legal document that both parties enter into, that lines out in great detail what the expected duties will be from each party both during pregnancy and after the child is born. 

Current royal Meghan Markle was said to have just such a “pre-pup” with her first husband.  The agreement stated that her husband would pay for a personal trainer and nutritionist if and when she ever got pregnant.  The contract also included such sections as to how they would handle specific areas of child care, as well as nannies.  Vanity Fair reported that Donald Trump had a similar binding contract with his wife Melania.

Have we come to the day in age that we have to enter into legalities when it comes to the care and well being of our children?  Why spend the money (of which we are sure there would be major fees for) when you would be better served for both parties to sit down, have a talk, and work out the specifics between themselves as good parents should.  Expectations of the children rearing as well as possible brainstorming of potential problems or pitfalls can surely be done without a lawyer present. 

And yes, there is a good chance that one or more of the parties would fail to hold up some end of the bargain, but that is what marriage, and parenting, is about.  Facing problems head-on and finding a solution.  We should raise our children to the best of our abilities because we want to, not because we are contractually bound to.

Do you think “pre-pups” will become commonplace?