Although it may not be the most romantic thing in the world, couples who are looking to marry may want to consider discussing prenuptial agreements before they officially tie the knot. A prenuptial agreement may help a couple in Texas avoid a contentious divorce if the couple decides to call it quits. This type of contract will decide many divorce-related issues ahead of time, which can save money on a lengthy court case. However, sometimes there are issues which can prove to be contentious even with a prenuptial agreement in place.
That seems to be the case with former football star Deion Sander’s divorce case with his ex-wife Pilar Sanders. Some may remember that we first posted about this couple’s divorce in May of this year. Now, the wife is asking the court to hold Deion in contempt of court, due to his failure to pay $10,500 per month in court-ordered child support payments. The husband is arguing that the required payments are unreasonable. He claims he has been making payments for the maximum amount allowed by state law.
Along with the child support issue, the validity of the prenuptial agreement signed by the couple was also being challenged. The wife claimed that she was forced to sign the prenuptial agreement under pressure from the husband. She also alleges that the document had been partially forged, therefore making it invalid. However, in a recent hearing, the court judge disagreed with her argument and banned her from using the argument later in the divorce proceedings.
When a divorce in Texas is contentious, all parties involved can suffer. This is especially true if there are children involved, such as with the Sanders case. That is why a prenuptial agreement is a good idea, if not for the sake of the spouses, then for the sake of the children. However, the Sanders case shows that a prenuptial agreement may still not be able to settle all issues in a divorce. In this case, spouses will be required to litigate their case through the court process, which may require the assistance of a legal professional.
Source: nbcdfw.com, “Judge Says Pilar, Deion Prenup is Valid,” Oct. 25, 2012