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Divorce issues: more prenups including lifestyle specifications

Prenuptial agreements are typically developed to address the division of assets should a West Virginia marriage or others around the nation end. However, there are some couples that are beginning to include other issues in their pre-nups. Divorce attorneys report that there has been an increase in the number of lifestyle stipulations included in prenuptial agreements.

Lifestyle stipulations may include provisions that regulate someone's behavior. For example, one prenup assessed a fine for every use of a certain expletive. Another provision eliminated alimony for someone if there was a weight gain of a specified amount. These types of requirements may be more prevalent in celebrity divorces or those of wealthy couples.

One such situation involves Tom Cruise and his ex-wife, Katie Holmes. Apparently, Cruise stipulated that Holmes could not publicly date another man in their divorce settlement. While Holmes has allegedly dated Jamie Foxx for five years, they were unable to be seen together until now because of the stipulation in the divorce.

However, not all lifestyle provisions involve celebrities. Some requirements might state that a couple's children be raised in a certain country or in a specific religion. Other clauses have dealt with cheating, time spent online, sports viewing and even visits with in-laws.

While a couple may not want to use a prenuptial agreement to specify behaviors, they may wish to develop one before their marriage. If a couple is already married, a post-nuptial agreement can be established that addresses the same issues as a prenup. A West Virginia divorce lawyer can help clients assess their situation and provide the assistance that specifically meets their needs.

Source: marketwatch.com, "Prenuptial agreements contain more bizarre 'lifestyle' clauses", Kari Paul, Sept. 9, 2017

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