When it comes to drafting a prenuptial agreement, outlining each partner’s expectations can be a healthy move to protecting your future and ensuring that your particular concerns are addressed. Heading into a marriage fully informed about each party’s assets and what will happen in the event that the marriage ends in divorce allows both parties to move forward with a complete understanding of what is expected of them. Though prenups are generally great things that serve a useful purpose, one recent article in the New York Post revealed some of the entertaining and downright bizarre demands that some people insert in their prenups.
One good example is an agreement that stipulated that there be no piano playing while the husband was in the home. Another said that the wife was not allowed to cut her hair. A New York divorce attorney, Ann Carrozza, said that she’d worked on cases where the parties inserted language about living in a smoke-free household. Another of Carrozza’s clients insisted that a paragraph be added that said the parties agreed to go to the Rice Diet Program facility every year and another that contained a ban on having a TV set in the house.
One agreement laid out a penalty system for personal infractions. For instance, if the husband behaved rudely toward his in-laws, a payment of $10,000 was required. In yet another case, one husband whose first wife was morbidly obese insisted that his second wife agree to terms that said if her weight ever exceeded 170 pounds, she would forfeit her $10,000 allowance. Given that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, the wife had language added that said if the husband’s weight exceeded 240 pounds he would pay the wife an additional $10,000.
While these cases are certainly funny, the fact remains that having a prenuptial agreement is a solid financial decision for many couples. As these examples humorously demonstrate, a prenup can be as unique as the people who craft them and can cover a wide range of issues that can pop up during a marriage. South Carolina couples who are planning a trip down the aisle may benefit by considering whether such an agreement makes sense for them.