Can a pre-nuptial agreement doom a marriage?

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Family Law on Thursday, November 17, 2011

It’s a myth that won’t go away: the false legend that prenuptial agreements doom marriages.

In reality, a prenup serves as protection for both people. A prenuptial agreement can be especially useful for those in the St. Louis area with significant assets, a former spouse, or children from a previous marriage.

Unfortunately, the myth that a prenup is a sign of disaster ahead is perpetuated by recent media attention on the impending divorce of reality TV star Kim Kardashian and basketball player Kris Humphries.

There are reports that one of the major reasons things didn’t work out is because of contentious negotiations over a prenuptial agreement. Of course, the reality is that it’s much more likely that their negotiations were tense and difficult because the two weren’t well-suited to each other to begin with.

According to media reports, much of the pre-wedding fighting was over how much Humphries would get from the millions of dollars apparently generated by the wedding itself. There were estimates bandied about that various wedding-related media packages were to net the couple $17 million.

Apparently, Kardashian received the majority of that windfall. She also reportedly prevailed in a disagreement over whether or not to keep their assets separate.

Fox News quoted an insider who said the prenup negotiations made it clear that the match wasn’t made in heaven.

Now Humphries is reportedly asking for the return of the $2 million engagement ring/bling he gave to the woman soon to be his ex-wife.

This just might be a case of a couple with its attention more focused on the bottom line than each other. The prenuptial agreement is clearly not to blame for their various marital problems.

Source: Fox News: “Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Fought Bitterly Over Prenup, Report Says,” Nov. 3, 2011

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