The Houston Family Law Blog

Jennifer Aniston Engaged: Prenup for that Friends Cash?

It’s always been about Jennifer Jennifer Jennifer. Everyone’s been talking about whether she’ll get married or whether she’ll have a kid after her marriage to Brad Pitt ended. (It really is surprising that there is so much of this chatter. Isn’t it 2012? Are women still valued only for their ability to have children?)

Well, the new chatter can begin as Aniston said yes to boyfriend Justin Theroux’s proposal of marriage, according to the Associated Press. Now we can all debate whether she is too old to have children or whether she is going to adopt.

Before the wedding bells ring, the two lovebirds probably need to talk about a prenuptial agreement.

Since Aniston has already had one high-profile marriage with another big Hollywood star, she is probably very familiar with the idea of a prenuptial agreement. Theroux, on the other hand, has not been married before and may have some pause to the prenup.

Prenuptial agreements are a contract that outline exactly what will happen with each spouse’s assets and financial rights in the event of a divorce. These agreements are usually used by those who have a large amount of wealth coming into a marriage, or who own an already successful business.

The downside to a prenuptial agreement is that there is already a potential for feelings to be hurt. One spouse may see the prenup as a challenge to their trustworthiness or to the validity of the marriage itself.

Since both actors are successful and have been in the business for a decent amount of time, it would seem like neither would really have a problem signing a prenup.

Also, they might even skip the prenup altogether because the assets they own now would continue to be separate property after marriage and that money would be sure to keep them in good health for the rest of their lives were they to divorce.

Hopefully this marriage will work for the lovebirds and we won’t be back here in a few years discussing a divorce. Best of luck to Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux in their engagement.

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