Like other couples around the country, many Utah residents sign prenuptial agreements in order to set the stage for an amicable divorce should one occur in the future. Prenups are often effective at dividing up a couple's property, but, when it comes to child custody matters, the parties' hopes for friendly ends to their marriages could be dashed. This appears to be the case for actress Hilary Duff and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Mike Comrie, who reports indicate are unable to agree on a custody arrangement for their 3-year-old son.
Utah fans of Jeremy Renner, whose claim to fame includes the hit movies "The Avengers" and "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol," might be aware that he and his wife of 10 months are parting ways. The couple has a prenuptial agreement, but Sonni Pacheco, a model who recently started in "The Wingman," asserts in court documents that it is fraudulent. This is only the beginning of the twists and turns that could make their divorce contentious.
Admittedly, prenuptial agreements are not typically considered romantic. However, they do serve a practical purpose in a time when divorce rates are high and people are getting married later in life. Taking the time to give each other peace of mind that, if something does goes wrong, a contentious Utah divorce can be avoided.
Prenuptial agreements have gained popularity in recent years. They are touted as an amicable agreement between a couple that will protect them both in the event of a divorce and keep any confrontations to a minimum. However, there are some agreements that may be thrown out by the Utah courts for a variety of reasons.
Nationwide, the use of prenuptial agreements has risen. With nearly 50 percent of the marriages in this country ending in divorce, it makes financial sense to many people to prepare for the worst, yet hope for the best. But what about Utah couples that did not sign prenuptial agreements before they got married? Are they relegated to a long and drawn out divorce should it come to that? The simple answer is no. Couples do have the option of preparing and signing a postnuptial agreement.