Prenuptial Agreement Invalidated in Roane County, TN Divorce: Grubb v. Grubb

Facts: Two years after Husband, 40, met Wife, 18, at the dry cleaners, they married. Shortly after the relationship began, Wife moved in with Husband and stopped working at the dry cleaners. Husband, the owner of a rent-two-own business, provided for them both, and Wife soon became financially dependent on Husband. Two days before the […]

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Prenuptial Agreement Invalid in McMinnville, TN: In re Estate of Hillis

Facts: Husband and Wife were married in 1992. The day before the wedding, Wife presented Husband with a prenuptial agreement drafted by Wife’s attorney. The prenuptial agreement reflected the parties’ agreement to relinquish any right each would have in the other’s property in the event of the death of either party. The prenuptial agreement also […]

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Prenuptial Agreement Invalidated in Pickett County, TN Divorce: Hollar v. Hollar

Facts: Husband and Wife began an Internet courtship. At the time, Wife resided in Colombia, South America, and Husband resided in Florida. Two months into their courtship, Husband traveled to Colombia to meet Wife for the first time. Because Wife does not speak or read English, and Husband does not speak or read Spanish, the […]

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Prenups: Not just for the wealthy

This article by Elizabeth Renter in USA Today may be of interest to readers of this blog. Prenups: Not just for the wealthy Talking about money is never easy, especially with someone you love and especially when you’re talking about keeping it for yourself. While we commonly think of prenuptial agreements as contracts for the […]

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Prenuptial Agreement Ruled Invalid in Cleveland, TN Divorce: Ellis v. Ellis

Facts: The parties met when Wife was 31 and husband was 47. Wife had a high school education and had worked in several relatively low-skilled jobs. Husband started his own construction company in the early 1980s and accumulated substantial wealth. They got engaged in the spring of 1996 and plan to marry the following spring […]

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TN Court of Appeals Divided over Applicability of Prenuptial Agreement: Heaton v. Heaton

Facts: Husband and Wife divorced after seven years of marriage. Prior to the marriage, the parties entered into a written prenuptial agreement, which recites, inter alia, that the parties desired for all separate property obtained by them during the marriage to remain separate. The agreement also provides that the only property to be considered jointly owned […]

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Lessons Learned from High Net Worth Divorces

This article by Paul Sullivan in the New York Times may be of interest to readers of this blog. From a Prominent Divorce in the Affluent Class, Lessons for All IF all goes well, we’ll never hear much about Rupert and Wendi Murdoch’s divorce. The News Corporation chief executive and his wife will reach a […]

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Postnuptial Agreement Upheld and Enforced in McMinnville: Rickman v. Rickman

Facts: After 14 years of marriage, Husband and Wife entered into a postnuptial agreement in which both parties waived their rights to the property of the other spouse. Specifically, the postnuptial agreement provided: “Each party hereby waives and releases all rights including, but not limited to statutory allowance; distributive share: right of election against Will; […]

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Postnuptial Agreements on the Rise

This recent article by Kelley Holland in USA Today may be of interest to readers of this blog. Why postnups may be picking up Similar to prenups, postnups for married couples are gaining popularity. If you think prenups are controversial, brace yourself. Postnups are on the rise. Postnuptial agreements — similar to prenups, but for […]

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Misrepresentation of Sexual Affair That Violates Prenuptial Agreement Leads to 2-1 Decision in Savannah: Brown v. Brown

Facts: Husband and Wife entered into a prenuptial agreement prior to their marriage that provided that if the parties were married between four and five years, Wife would be entitled to alimony in the amount of $80,000.00. However, the agreement provided that Wife would not be entitled to alimony “if Wife has a sexual affair or […]

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Tennessee Prenuptial Agreement Determines Classification of Property: Estate of Hunt v. Hunt

Facts: After a 16-year relationship, Husband and Wife married when Husband was diagnosed with cancer. Two years later, Husband died. Prior to their marriage, Husband and Wife entered into a prenuptial agreement providing that each party’s income remained their separate property. Wife had relatively little income. In 2007, Husband and Wife filed a joint tax […]

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