I’ve talked very briefly about pre-nups before, but I tend to avoid the topic because I think the whole idea is a little weird. To me, working out a pre-nuptial agreement is like saying, “We’ll be together forever, of course, BUUUUT just in case we’re not, I want to make sure I get what I deserve/you don’t get more than you deserve.”
Not being overly moneyed myself, the only comparable thing I could have said to The Beard would have been, “We’ll be together forever, of course, BUUUUT just in case we’re not, I’m going to want my William Shatner records and that $4,000 I brought into the marriage back.” Sounds silly, right?
It’s not the silliest idea for a pre-nup out there, however. LegalZoom published a short list of crazy clauses that brides- and grooms-to-be agreed were fair. Pool boys and pets play a larger role in pre-nuptial agreements than you might have imagined. Yes, sometimes it’s not enough to divide assets…domestic help gets shuffled around in the fray. The “no diaper” clause is apparently popular among those looking to avoid children, and some couples even stipulate how (and how often) they’ll have sex.
Not weird enough for you? Check these out:
One wife’s prenuptial agreement limited her weight to 120 lbs. Penalty for being over the fighting weight: she gives up $100,000 of her separate property. Another prenuptial agreement included a $500 fine for each excess pound the wife gained.
One prenuptial agreement contained a requirement for random drug testing. Positive results result in fines.
One client’s prenuptial agreement limited her husband to watching one Sunday football game with friends. No word on if there was a clause about watching the first half of one game and then the second half of another.
Now I’m all for health, getting high on life, and avoiding televised sports, but 120 pounds? Drug tests? Designated sports time? Can I say right now that I hope that these people’s partners laughed them right out of the lawyer’s office because I don’t see how anyone required to shell out $500 per pound gained is going to last in a lifelong marriage.