There`s probably a lot of celebrities still married and one percent celebrities out there with post-nuptials – there`s a rumor that Beyoncé and Jay Z have one that includes hefty fines for infidelity. And some of them suggest that, as a generation ago, post-nups could be more widely accepted by the 99%. According to a 2015 survey by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, an industry group, half of the family`s lawyers have reported an increase in client interest in post-nups over the past three years. A post-nuptial agreement, or post-nup, is an agreement made by a couple after marriage – this includes civil status union and legal marriage. This document often describes many of the same things that a marriage agreement is established. “When they`re in a relationship and a party wants a deal after marriage, it`s a very difficult negotiation,” says King, who recalls a close family member who signed a post-nup against his strong objections (and advice from his own lawyer). “She was essentially irritated by the fact that she had her bargaining counterpart 24-7 on her face, which pushed her into this agreement.” What happened? “She and her husband are still married. I don`t think they`re that happy, but I guess it works in that regard, because they were very close to divorce and they stayed together – and they have young children. But it was not an economically equitable agreement. Among the postnups decisions do not deal: what becomes custody of children or how custody of children after a divorce is assigned. These are areas on which the courts must ultimately decide.
Some people think that negotiating marriage contracts is an unnecessary and stressful exercise in which the act of reflection on divorce can make marriage fail from the beginning. Many couples opt for post-nuptials simply because they don`t want unpleasant discussions about the distribution of wealth before their big happy day. As a result, these negotiations may be more fluid once the newlyweds have settled into their marital routine. Suzanna and her husband are legally separated, and although they are in therapy, divorce is on the table.