Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom, these are just some of A-list celebrity former couples who signed a pre-nup agreement before tying the knot.
So far, such a contract was common in show business and it is only natural that stars want to protect their multi-million empires. However, over the past several years lawyers have seen more and more non-celebrities requesting a pre-nuptial agreement. It seems that celebrities are not just setting fashion and lifestyle trends.
Those requesting a pre-nup are usually people who are about to marry for a second or third time, and people who have some serious assets to protect.
“With children and homes already, a couple getting married later in life may want to protect their families’ inheritance as they realize that there is a chance that the marriage might not work out,” said a divorce and family solicitor Sarah Balfour.
It also appears it is no longer a shame to get this agreement. The stigma of getting one before the marriage is declining as more and more celebrities are officially signing it. Some may perceive it as unromantic, but this contract frees you from possible lengthy court battles and large legal bills in the future and can therefore be understood as a positive step in a relationship.
Sarah also mentioned the common misconception that pre-nups are only for the wealthy. “It is a common myth that pre-nups are there for one person to try to ensure that their partner gets nothing after a divorce, but this is not the situation,” said the lawyer. “For a pre-nup to be considered by the courts, it cannot provide for an unfair outcome, and both parties need to be involved in and understand the process.”
It appears that pre-nuptial agreements are indeed the future of modern marriages with no future.