Despite the constant crash and burn of Hollywood couples, it seemed like Brangelina were going to make it. After all, the gorgeous duo of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had been dating for a whopping ten years before they wed in 2014 (basically a lifetime in Hollywood years). It’s no wonder that the internet almost broke when word came on 09/20 that Jolie had called it quits and filed for divorce.
For so many years, Pit and Jolie seemed deliriously happy in each other’s company, but even their long track record as a couple didn’t stop them from making the smart decision to sign what TMZ described as an “ironclad” prenuptial agreement before they walked down the aisle. Engaged couples can learn a thing or two from Pitt and Jolie. No matter how much you love your soon-to-be-spouse or how much you believe that divorce will never, ever come knocking on your doorstep, you should still sign a prenup.
An Easy Split of Assets
Thanks to their prenup, Pitt and Jolie don’t have to worry about how to split their very large estate, worth an estimated $400 million according to the Huffington Post. Without that prenup, it’s likely that both sides would end up spending a small fortune trying to unravel their estate, which includes 12 properties.
You don’t have to be a multi-millionaire in order for a prenup to make sense for you. If you live in California – a community property state – then you’ll be expected to split everything you’ve earned since you got married evenly with your spouse. It doesn’t matter if you far out-earn your spouse. He or she will still be entitled to half of everything!
Even if you are convinced that a divorce can never happen to you, a prenuptial agreement can at least give you the peace of mind to know that your fiancé isn’t marrying you for your money. You’ll both be entering into the marriage on the same page, and that’s can help promote an honest and healthy marriage!
A PreNup Doesn’t Cover Everything
Brangelina’s prenup saved the couple some pretty big headaches (and big lawyer’s fees) when it comes to dividing their estate, but if you love celebrity gossip, don’t you worry. There are likely still many fireworks to come. The couple has six children, and Jolie has requested full custody according to TMZ. If early sources are to be believed, Pitt is gearing up to fight for shared custody. A prenup can’t make every aspect of divorce easy, but it can help you clearly divide your estate.
If you live in Orange County and are engaged or thinking of getting married, it’s time to consider a prenuptial agreement. Call Bohm Wildish today.