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A prenuptial agreement and its provisions can change

As many Florida residents know, a recent high profile Hollywood couple's decision to divorce made entertainment news headlines. The fact that the couple waited to make the announcement exactly one day after the 10th anniversary of their wedding has many speculating that significance. Among the many possibilities, if the couple had a prenuptial agreement, that very well may have had something to do with it.

When it comes to a prenuptial agreement, the provisions can change to reflect certain aspects of a couple's marriage. For example, an agreement might be reached that there should be different terms allowed after a certain length of time spent married. These sorts of provisions often affect or influence the timing of a couple's decision to divorce.

As an example, a couple might include a clause in their prenup that specifies that, in the event of a divorce, if married over 10 years, an increased financial benefit be paid to the dependent spouse. Sometimes, a spouse might receive a specific amount for each year spent married. Many prenups also contain a "sunset provision." Typically, this means that, after a certain length of married time, the prenup in its entirety or some of its provisions are voided.

The thought of getting a prenuptial agreement might not seem very romantic for a newly-engaged couple in Florida. However, more and more couples of all economic strata consider it essential these days. When considering whether a prenup is the right fit for them, the couple often chooses to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can advise them on options available to them.

Source: forbes.com, "Why did Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner wait to split until after their tenth anniversary?", Jeff Landers, July 15, 2015

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