There’s always love and trust early in a relationship. Why not? There’s no reason not to believe that you’ll be with your “soulmate” forever. If you’re going to be with the person you’re meant to be with, why bother signing a prenuptial agreement, right? Well, at some point the shiny veneer of marriage wears off and one half of the couple does something thoughtless which usually throws the marriage into chaos.
There’s the expected separation followed by the inevitable divorce. It’s at this point that all hell breaks loose. The once loving, now spurned spouse is out for vengeance after coming to terms with the rejection and wants what they’re due. Don’t get me wrong, some former couples handle things well and choose to “consciously uncouple” while others deal with the pain by attacking their philandering ex-spouse by hitting them where it hurts. That’s right, in their pockets.
Folks that have to ante up because of their mistakes are no doubt kicking themselves for not signing something before walking down the aisle (and probably for screwing up big time). Then there are those who were making far less than their new spouse when they get married and don’t see the point of signing a prenuptial agreement. However, many folks in this category have gone on to reach new heights in their careers and side businesses and have become the new bread winner of their family. When the marriage unfortunately ends, they’re the ones left wishing they’d put something on paper.
Here are 10 couples who left puppy love behind and seriously regretted not signing a prenup.
10 Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
9 Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
8 Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold
7 Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
6 Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Phillippe
5 Mel Gibson and Robyn Denise Moore Gibson
4 Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Before marrying Mills, McCartney rejected the idea of signing a prenup even though friends and family urged him to do so. His repayment for being so trusting? An absolutely horrible divorce that has gone down in the Hollywood history books as one of the nastiest ever. Mills walked away with $35 million and McCartney has to pay for their daughter Beatrice's education, etc. until she’s 18. These expenses tally up to about $70,000 annually.
3 The Dream and Christina Milian
2 Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
1 Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian
These two love birds tied the knot in 2009 after a whirlwind romance that lasted only four months. Technically, they didn’t sign a prenup when they got married but instead came to their senses and signed one shortly afterwards. As an LA Laker at the time, Odom was no doubt the bread winner of the two. However, it’s possible that chronic drug use and drinking have depleted some of his wealth. Kardashian recently filed for divorce for a second time and stands to walk away with over $2.5 million once the dust settles. This settlement includes some pretty lavish things such as a new car at the end of each lease term, court side seats to LA Lakers games as well as a very substantial beauty and shopping budget. Not bad.
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