Recently on a Today Show Panel, Star Jones joked about her infamous prenup, “There was enough in my pre-nup, that a gnat’s ass couldn’t come through it”. Although she couldn’t elaborate any further than that, it was pretty clear that Star Jones wasn’t playing when it came to having an iron clad agreement. A prenuptial agreement, often shortened to “prenup,” is a legal agreement entered into by an engaged couple prior to being married. A prenup is designed to protect both sides. First by protecting the person with the ‘assets’ and then by making sure the other person is taken ‘care of’. But that is with the right pre-nup.

Nowadays, people have gone clause crazy with pre-nups. The Today Show segment mentioned three different pre-nups. One couple’s pre-nup limited the amount of weight each spouse could gain. Another said the wife could not cut her long hair. And another had this in-law clause: “If husband is rude to wife’s parents, husband agrees to pay $10,000 for each infraction.” I guess people have thrown out the adage of “for better or for worse” out of the window.

Would I divorce my husband if he happened to gain an extra 40 pounds? No, but I’d make sure we both joined a gym and work that 40 pounds off together. Apparently the person that added the hair cutting clause doesn’t realize that hair grows back, no matter how many times you cut it. God forbid his wife receives a cancer diagnosis, and loses her hair during chemo. Now in-laws are always a touchy subject. What exactly is ‘rude’? I think rude is somewhat subjective, and could also be costly. Is not inviting the wife’s parents to Sunday night dinner considered being rude? Or would it have to be something more drastic like, not inviting them over for their grandchild’s birthday party. Either way, $10, 000 is a pretty hefty price.

If people are being this extreme with their pre-nups, maybe they’re better off being single or shacking up. Why get married if you’re going to have tons of fine print?

Would you sign a pre-nup that included a crazy clause?

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  • That’s just straight foolishness. Plain and simple.

  • Ashley.

    Any pre-nupt not protecting financial interests is a sign of things to come, and means the marriage is off to a rocky start I certainly wouldn’t sign a pre-nupt that included anything OTHER than financial interests.

  • Downsouth Transplant

    @ Ashley, maybe it is just me but even a financial one I wouldn’t sign, maybe I just haven’t met any dudes with the kind of money that sings prenup!

    • Pseudonym

      When you get married, your spouse’s debt becomes your debt. If you get divorced, that does not change anything.

      Sign a prenup.

    • Emme

      Not necessarily true. Depends on the state and the type of dept.

      If youre in a community property state, I personally think prenups are for rich people or people who have a specific personal asset to protect (like investment properties, an interest in a family business or a child from a prior relationship). Still, I’ve advised on prenups for couples with little to no assets coming into a marriage.

      To each his own.

    • Ashley.

      I don’t think I’d want a financial prenupt either, unless there were SERIOUS assets to “protect” on either side. I def lean towards the side that you leave with what you came in with, and whatever’s been accumulated together can be split equally.

  • On the rise!

    To sign a pre-nup agreement is for the protection of both parties. Those crazy clauses are pre-marital conversations during the engagement period. .(too much).

  • Rue

    I’d only sign a prenup on one condition:
    If, and this is a big if, I marry a non-black guy there would be a clause stating: “If we are arguing and a racial slur makes an entrance, I’m chopping up your assets, taking my (read:the lion’s) share and walking”.

    • Ashley.

      … That sounds stupid. If you think your significant other would use a racial slur in an arguement, or ever, and YOU aren’t cool or gonna be cool with it you probably shouldn’t be “till death do we part”-ing with him.

    • Rue

      Thanks! I’m just gonna read his mind and thoughts before the wedding. Seriously, who “thinks [their] significant other would use a racial slur in an arguement, or ever, ” and MARRIES THEM?!?!? Btw, it has happened to me before.