Ft. Lauderdale, FL- For the wealthy or celebrities, a prenuptial agreement would seem like a given. One would think for the rich and famous, a prenuptial agreement is as much a part of a marriage as the wedding, but that isn’t always case. Some celebrities forgo the whole prenup thing
Radaronline is reporting that Giada De Laurentiis and her estranged husband, fashion designer Todd Thompson didn’t sign a prenuptial agreement prior to tying the knot eleven years ago.
A source told Radaronlione that the couple are going over their finances now, “But she is worth more than him, so she could lose out.”
De Laurentiis’ career began to take off when the couple first married and she now has an estimated wealth of $20 million. Sources tell Radaronline that couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement so her estranged husband could receive a big payout. (California is an equitable distribution state so the higher earning spouse—male or female—is usually on the hook for the divorce settlement.)
Thompson filed for divorce on December 30th, citing irreconcilable differences.
Thompson and De Laurentiis both asked for joint custody of their 6 year-old daughter so there seems to be no real issue over child custody. Thompson did not ask for child support though Radaronline reported De Laurentiis has indicated she would be willing to pay support.
In fairness to De Laurentiis, when she married Thompson, she may not have realized the mogul she would eventually become so she didn’t a prenuptial agreement as necessary. That’s the case for many couples, they are so in love they can’t even imaging they would ever get a divorce. So, if you are never going to get a divorce, why would you need a prenuptial agreement?
The fact is that large number of marriages do end it divorce. It may not be the 50 percent we’ve been told, but divorce is inevitable for many couples. And when they do decide to divorce they will soon learnt the benefits of a prenuptial agreement. Prenuptials may seem unromantic and cold, but these agreements can come in handy in the event of a potentially acrimonious divorce. Before saying “No” to a prenuptial, a couple should meet with a divorce attorney who has much experience such as Theodore H. Enfield, P.A. to discuss the pros and cons of these agreements.
A prenuptial agreement allows a couple to determine ahead of time how their assets and money will be divided in the event of divorce. These agreements can cover property, homes, business interests, inheritances and allow a couple to make these very important decisions at a time when they aren’t angry or resentful.
Prenuptial agreements can also be used to determine child custody. This allows a couple to come up with child custody arrangements when cooler heads prevail.
Prenuptials are binding agreements recognized by all U.S. courts, but they can be altered or changed as the couple’s income and wealth changes. These agreements can be challenged by a divorce attorney, but it is difficult and time consuming.