Judge rules prenuptial agreement valid in Sanders divorce

With the divorce rate climbing in the U.S., more couples are turning to a prenuptial agreement to make sure that both parties are protected in the event that the marriage does not last. These agreements can make the divorce process quicker and easier on everyone involved. However, the validity of the prenuptial agreement is an issue that can arise in divorce litigation.

Readers in New York City may have heard of the ongoing legal dispute over the prenuptial agreement in the divorce case of Deion Sanders, the Hall of Fame football player, and his wife. She has been trying to get the couple's prenuptial agreement thrown out on the basis that it was partially forged and because additional pages were purportedly inserted into the agreement. Her attorney also claimed that there was fraud involved, reporting that Deion did not mean to stay married to her for the rest of his life.

The judge in the case disagreed, however. Last month the judge ruled that the agreement was valid and that Sanders's former wife had signed it of her own accord. This was not the first time that the two had been in court over the agreement, and the judge reportedly warned the wife's attorney that he did not want the issue brought up again.

A prenuptial agreement can encompass many different aspects of a marriage, including what property belongs to whom, with the two parties fashioning the terms as they see fit. Properly negotiated by both sides, a prenuptial agreement can help ensure that both the husband and wife end up with a fair settlement if the marriage should end in divorce.

Source: WFAA.com, "Pilar Sanders loses prenup challenge," Rebecca Lopez, Oct. 24, 2012

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