When you are getting married to someone, it is easy to get emotionally caught up in the moment and avoid any thought of the future that does not keep you together with your future spouse. Even thinking of the possibility of a split could feel like betraying the idea of your life together, forever.
However, having a prenuptial agreement in place for the chance that you do end up divorcing can avoid lots of hassle if a divorce does happen. This is exactly what is happening with the recent divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Pitt and Jolie Break Up
The news came as a shock to many: On Monday, September 19, 2016, Angelina Jolie filed for a divorce from her husband Brad Pitt in Los Angeles, California. Citing irreconcilable differences, Jolie requested to be granted full physical custody of their children. With regard to the couple’s fortune, alleged to be worth more than $400 million, though, the divorce papers were surprisingly silent.
Prenuptial Agreement Served to Solve Property Issues
The reason why dividing $400 million worth of property between a divorcing celebrity couple is almost a non-issue is that it was already distributed – by the couple’s prenuptial agreement. Before tying the knot, Pitt and Jolie executed a prenuptial agreement that celebrity magazine TMZ has described as “ironclad.” In it, they settled who would get which of the couple’s 12 total real estate properties, including a New Orleans mansion, a vineyard in France, and a New York City apartment.
By effectively using the prenuptial agreement to settle who would get which properties, Pitt and Jolie have avoided an extended and heated legal tangle in court, which could have gotten exceptionally ugly. Unfortunately, the agreement did not deal with how custody would be handled, leaving that contentious up to the divorce court to determine.
New York Divorce Attorneys at the Bombardo Law Office
Family law and divorce law stresses foresight and preparation. If you take the time to sit down and talk about all of the potential outcomes when you decide to head into a marriage, it can make it much simpler if the outcome that ends up happening is not one that you wanted when you got engaged.
If you are getting married and want to know what your legal options are, or are interested in executing a prenuptial agreement, contact the Syracuse family law attorneys at the Bombardo Law Office P.C. online or at (315) 488-5544.