Christina Aguilera has filed for divorce from husband Jordan Bratman after five years of marriage. Although just recently announcing that the couple has been living apart on a trial basis “just trying to figure things out,” Christina seems to have made up her mind rather quickly. In the pleadings filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on October 14, 2010, 29 year old Christina Aguilera cited “irreconcilable differences” as the cause of the split from the 33 year old music executive she married five years ago. Aguilera’s petition said a prenuptial agreement should dictate how they separate their assets, an agreement that would leave Jordan with none of the money Aguilera earned before, during, or after their marriage. Aguilera is also seeking joint physical and legal custody of the couple’s 2 year old son, Max, which will preclude Jordan from getting spousal support. Full Article
A prenuptial agreement is smart financial planning, legal and financial experts say. In essence, prenuptial agreement is a contract between two people about to wed that spells out how assets will be distributed in the event of divorce or death. However, there are a number of limitations to prenuptial agreements. For instance, a prenuptial agreement may not address the custody of the children, visitation to the children, and child support. Further, a prenuptial agreement may not deal with anything illegal, unconscionable, or thought to encourage divorce. Although most states permit prenuptial agreements to deal with alimony, a court is allowed to invalidate the alimony provisions if the judge believes them to be unjust. This will normally occur in long term marriages if there is a great disparity between spouses’ incomes and no or little alimony being paid. It is important to consult an experienced matrimonial attorney before signing a prenuptial agreement.
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