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Dallas reality TV fans may take away lesson in Jenner divorce

The announced split of reality TV stars Bruce and Kris Jenner may have surprised Keeping Up With The Kardashians fans in Dallas, Texas. Although each of them enjoyed a modicum of fame and wealth before they were married, they neglected to sign a prenuptial agreement, and that could mean a lot of drama during their divorce. Legal experts remind clients who are taking the plunge into marriage to get a prenup, whether or not they expect to have a $125 million fortune by the time of their marital dissolution.

A survey by the American Academy of Divorce Lawyers found that more than 70 percent of divorce attorneys reported seeing a jump in these agreements between 2005 and 2010. The reason could be traced back to the fact that as more people get remarried later in life, they have more assets which they want to protect.

Divorce experts define a prenuptial agreement as a legally binding contract between soon-to-be spouses that provides for how marital assets will be divided in a divorce but also details how assets will be passed on to a surviving spouse from the deceased spouse. In other words, it lets the couple take charge of what will happen should their marriage not work out. Without a prenup, the local laws of wherever they happen to live will be applied to marital assets.

A high-asset divorce is not something spouses should try to handle alone. Contacting an attorney and discussing a prenuptial agreement may be the best way to protect assets going into a marriage. An attorney may also be able to help clients work out complex divorce matters more amicably and efficiently than a couple could do on their own.

Source: NY Daily News, "Learn from the Kardashians' mistakes: time to brush up on prenups", Phyllis Furman, October 14, 2013

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