Marriage and Prenups

Find the latest news and trends on high-profile marriages and prenuptial agreements, same-sex marriage—including lawsuits, legislation and ballot initiatives—civil unions, commitment ceremonies and domestic partnerships.

Aug 15, 2011

Heather Locklear, star of the hit 1990s prime-time soap opera Melrose Place, recently became engaged to a Melrose co-star, Jack Wagner.

Locklear's spokesperson, Sarah Fuller, confirmed the engagement to the Associated Press but did not provide any details about the couple's relationship or impending wedding, and did not say whether they would sign a prenuptial agreement.

This will be Locklear's third marriage. She was previously married to two rock stars: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.

Aug 9, 2011

Petra Ecclestone, the 22-year-old daughter of European Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone, has signed a prenuptial agreement to protect a reported $300 million fortune, according to The Daily Mail.

After Radar Online reported her parents pressured her to sign a prenup, Ecclestone told the Daily Mail that her entrepreneur fiance, James Stunt, suggested they draw up an agreement.

Jul 27, 2011

With gay marriage in New York now a reality, prenuptial agreements and other specifics that factor into marriages of all types, are being brought to light.

While the excitement of newly won legal rights for equality is leading many gay couples to the alter in a hurry, one attorney is emphasizing the importance of taking a step back to consider the state of marriage in the country today.

“Prenuptial agreements are used to, essentially, shield future spouses’ assets from the other in the event that there is a dissolution of the marriage,” James Hyer, attorney,

Jul 19, 2011

Reality TV star Taylor Armstrong, one of the featured players on Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, will not be a wife much longer. Armstrong and her husband, Russell Armstrong, have filed for divorce.

The Armstrongs have one daughter, 5-year-old Kennedy. Taylor told People Magazine she is confident a divorce will best serve Kennedy's interests, though it will be difficult to end her marriage.

The travails of the Armstrong marriage and their efforts to save it by going to counseling have been captured by Bravo's cameras.

Jul 5, 2011

Marriage is a happy time in any couple's life.