Dissolving a marriage can involve a lot of unforeseen complexities. Often times, the spouses have built up a significant amount of wealth that they share equally in, such as a martial residence or joint bank accounts. Moreover, a court often assumes that any asset obtained during marriage belongs to both spouses, which may not always necessarily be true. That has led many Ohio couples to seek prenuptial agreements, which often detail how the assets owned individually as well as jointly by the spouses will be divided.

Recently, reality-TV starlet Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from her husband Kris Humphries, who is a player for the NBA. The two were wed in a $20 million ceremony in August, which means their marriage lasted for scarcely two months. However, they do have a prenuptial agreement which should ease the divorce process.

That prenuptial agreement will come in handy even though the marriage was short. Both are individually wealthy, and the agreement may help to ensure that what was theirs before the marriage will remain theirs after the marriage. Moreover, the agreement should also aid in dividing any assets obtained during the course of the marriage.

In creating the prenuptial agreement, the two likely benefited from the advice of an experienced attorney. Ohio residents interested in creating such an agreement prior to marriage would be well-advised to do the same. An attorney may be able to assist with making sure all possibilities are covered, and that in the event of a divorce, the agreement helps to resolve any potentially bitter disputes.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "Should they return the gifts?," Nov. 1, 2011