Marriage and Prenups

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Mar 9, 2011

As divorce rates continue to climb across the country, more people are beginning second, third and even fourth marriages.

A recent Fox Business article points out that each new marriage requires at least as much, if not more, planning as the first marriage, as inheritance becomes a much more important issue.

The news source explains that most experts agree that prenuptial agreements are essential for anyone looking to marry later in life.

Feb 28, 2011

Couples who are living together but not married still have an opportunity to sign a prenuptial agreement in case the relationship does not ultimately last, according to The Associated Press.

The news source cites a recent survey of the members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 48 percent of whom have seen more divorce proceedings over the past five years.

Feb 18, 2011

It is important for couples to realize that signing a prenuptial agreement is not similar to betting against their marriage before it begins, according to a recent article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

In fact, while prenuptial agreements may not be the most romantic way to begin a marriage, they can be very beneficial because they cause couples to begin discussing their finances at the beginning of the relationship, the news source says.

Additionally, couples should understand that prenuptial agreements are not only a means for wealthy people to protect their assets in

Feb 9, 2011

Rock singer John Mellencamp has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 18 years, Elaine, and the couple reportedly has a prenuptial agreement in place, RadarOnline reports.

According to court documents that were filed on January 14 in Brown County, Indiana, the couple married in 1992, but recently separated around September 1, 2010.

Jan 31, 2011

A Wisconsin woman has filed a lawsuit against the attorneys who represented her in her divorce, claiming that they failed to disclose information regarding a pre-nuptial agreement that hurt her case, reports the Madison Record.

Sara Buske finalized her divorce from her husband of more than 10 years, Thomas Buske, last year. Thomas Buske, a former trucking magnate, had been ordered to pay a $203.8 million judgement to S.C. Johnson and Sons Inc. after he was found to have embezzled millions of dollars thanks to inflated invoices.

According to its website, S.C.