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The prenuptial agreement that saved actress millions

Florida readers may not know the name of the actress who plays Penny on the hit television show "Big Bang Theory," but they are likely familiar with her role on that show. Kaley Cuoco plays the ditzy blonde girl next door, and is an integral part of the dynamic that has made the show a long-running success. In real life, Cuoco is far from ditzy, as evidenced by the prenuptial agreement that she signed before her marriage to tennis player Ryan Sweeting.

Sweeting is well-known in his own right, but his estimated net worth is far below that of his former wife. Shortly after tying the knot, Cuoco signed a contract that brought her $1 million per episode, and has a reported net worth of $45 million. It was no surprise that Sweeting sought spousal support as part of the divorce filing.

Because the couple had a clearly drafted prenuptial agreement in place, Cuoco was able to retain the bulk of her wealth during the divorce. She will pay Sweeting a lump sum of $165,000, and will also cover nearly $65,000 in attorney's fees related to the divorce and the prenuptial agreement. Cuoco will also cover nearly $200,000 in personal trainer fees that Sweeting owes. While this may seem like a hefty price to pay for a marriage that lasted only two years, Cuoco's outlay pales in comparison to her overall level of wealth.

While most Florida residents do not have multi-million dollar fortunes to protect, no one wants to risk losing a substantial share of their assets in a divorce. This is especially true in cases like Cuoco's where a marriage is short-lived. Drafting a solid prenuptial agreement is the best way to protect against losses during divorce, and is a precaution that every Florida resident should consider before heading down the aisle, no matter what their net worth.

Source: hollywoodtake.com, "Kaley Cuoco's Net Worth Split In Divorce Settlement? Ryan Sweeting Prenup Protected 'Big Bang Theory' Star's Fortune (PHOTOS)", Melissa Siegel, May 10, 2016

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