agreement before marriage

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As Hogarth reminds us, in English society when children of the wealthy marry it has been common for centuries for the parties (or their parents) to negotiate an agreement before marriage regarding the couple's finances.
The UK is behind the times, and I believe we need to look to follow the US, France, Germany and Switzerland in offering legal protection to people willing to make an agreement before marriage.
Interestingly, it is not so common for first time couples to enter a prenuptial agreement before marriage.
29% of dog owners and 21% of cat owners said that they'd incorporate their animal into any legal agreement before marriage.