Prenuptial Agreement Enables "Clean and Simple" Divorce for Mellencamp

Aug 17, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
A judge recently finalized John Mellencamp's divorce.

An Indiana judge recently finalized the divorce of rock star John Mellencamp and his wife of 18 years, model Elaine Irwin.

The couple filed for divorce last January. During the spring, each attended a mandatory seminar for divorcing Indiana parents who have children younger than 18 years old, the Bloomington Herald-Times reports. Mellencamp and Irwin have two sons, ages 17 and 16.

Though the exact details of their split remain sealed in a confidential agreement, the couple will reportedly have joint custody of their children, with Irwin granted primary physical custody. Mellencamp will pay child support, and the couple's other assets will be split according to the terms of a prenuptial agreement they signed shortly before their 1992 wedding.

Though the dissolution of their marriage is not happy news, the ease of Mellencamp and Irwin's legal separation illustrates the benefit of a prenuptial agreement. The Herald-Times said their split was "clean and simple."

Petra Ecclestone, the 22-year-old European Formula One heiress, understands the potential benefit of a prenuptial agreement. She told the Daily Mail her fiance, entrepreneur James Stunt, proposed they sign a prenup, contrary to reports that her father, Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone, pressured her to legally safeguard her multimillion-dollar fortune.