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Prenuptial agreements and cheating spouses

In the old days, prenuptial agreements were considered a luxury for the ultra wealthy and the super famous. Over time, though, creating a prenup has become a norm, even for people who don't fall into either category. In fact, in the last few decades, the scope of prenuptial agreements has increased into areas that no one could have predicted.

Historically, prenups separated marital assets from premarital assets and typically set up how much alimony one spouse will pay in the event of a divorce. Recently, inheritance wishes and various estate planning considerations have been added to the fold as well. But perhaps the most surprising development is what the industry calls lifestyle clauses.

A lifestyle clause can actually dictate how one or both partners should or should not behave during the marriage. This new wrinkle has widespread implications:

  • It can say who is responsible for doing the housework.
  • Lifestyle clauses can cover how often, and where, the family goes on vacation.
  • They can set out a specific number of visits that the in-laws are allowed.
  • They can even set forth weight restrictions for a partner.

Most popular among lifestyle clauses is the infidelity clause. An infidelity clause can dictate an amount one spouse will get if the other cheats. These have been in the headlines recently, as it's become popular with a number of A-list celebrities.

But these clauses aren't just for the glitterati. More and more couples have been using these lifestyle clauses to make sure their needs and desires are met throughout the marriage. If you have any questions regarding prenups and lifestyle clauses, it may be a good idea to speak with an attorney.

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