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Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie sign prenup in case they divorce

Utah residents who keep up with celebrity gossip may already know that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently got married. Before doing so, they reportedly negotiated and signed a prenuptial agreement just in case they ever get a divorce.  A prenup can make a divorce less complicated and contentious.

Pitt and Jolie each came to the marriage with substantial fortunes. Pitt reportedly has a fortune of nearly $240 million, while Jolie was doing alright with approximately $185 million. They reportedly agreed that each of them would walk away with those amounts if their marriage ends. 

In an interesting twist, any earnings made by the couple during the marriage will apparently not be split between the parties. Instead, it will be placed in trusts in equal shares for the benefit of the couple's children. Neither party will receive anything earned after the date of the marriage. 

Further, if Pitt does not honor his marriage vows to Jolie and enters into a relationship with another woman while they are married, Jolie automatically receives primary custody of the children. The Pitts executed the agreement at the behest of their legal counsel. They reportedly believe this was the best move for themselves and their children.

When a couple has a prenuptial agreement, it essentially represents the settlement agreement between the parties. Since the major issues have already been worked out, it may make the process easier, and each party could enjoy an amicable split.  A Utah divorce does not have to be complicated and contentious, and a prenup is only one way to avoid a negative experience. A couple can agree form the beginning to work together toward a settlement that will leave each party believing the other treated him or her equitably and fairly.

Source: thehollywoodgossip.com, "Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Prenup: Adultery Clause Says Who Gets What?", , Sept. 10, 2014

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