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Brad and Angelina file for divorce

Virginia celebrity watchers may be aware that on Sept. 20, it was reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were getting a divorce. Although they were only married for a few years, their relationship spanned more than a decade. They had six children together and made more than $500 million during their course of their relationship.

Given that the pair began their relationship in 2004 and did not marry until 2014, it was likely that they had a prenuptial agreement. If they do, their agreement should determine who will walk away with what. While property that was bought together while they were in a relationship may be up for grabs, the real conflicts may involve the children as Jolie was looking for sole custody.

Prenuptial agreements essentially spell out what assets and property each person had before the marriage. If the couple gets a divorce later on, these agreements usually provide that the assets will stay with the person they originally belonged to. Any assets that are obtained during the actual marriage will be split.

If a couple decides to get a divorce and they had signed a prenuptial agreement prior to their marriage, they may be able to get an uncontested divorce. A family law attorney may assist with ironing out the small details and getting the divorce finalized as quickly as possible. If a person believes that the prenup is not fair or if they were threatened into signing an agreement that they did not know the full consequences to, an attorney may seek to challenge it in court.

Source: Forbes, "Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Have Earned $555M Combined Since 2004. How Will They Split It?", Natalie Robehmed, Sept. 20, 2016

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