Prenuptial agreements in Florida are often just thought of as a way to protect assets and finances. While they do work excellently for that, it’s good to remember that they can go beyond just the financial side of a marriage. You may also want to add in a lifestyle clause.
The most popular lifestyle clause is one referencing infidelity. Often, these clauses will say that a cheating spouse legally has to pay the other a set amount of money. The amounts vary, but some celebrities are reported to have clauses that reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The thought here is that the spouse is less likely to cheat if he or she knows there will be a big monetary hit for doing so. Even if the infidelity then leads to divorce, after things are divided fairly, the spouse could have to pay on top of that.
Other lifestyle clauses can address almost anything imaginable. Some people put in clauses saying that their spouse can’t gain a certain amount of weight. Others have clauses saying who has to do certain chores around the house. Still others have clauses regarding the in-laws.
Naturally, breaking these won’t always lead to a split. However, a spouse who knows that he or she is going to have to hand over real cash for shirking the chores or gaining weight is probably less likely to do so.
Though some people are against these lifestyle clauses, they’re gaining in popularity. If you’re interested in using one or more, it’s important to know what you can legally put in the prenup. Your Florida family law attorney can advise you about what you can and cannot include.
Source: Forbes, “Can A Prenup Or A Postnup With An Infidelity Clause Deter A Husband From Cheating?,” Jeff Landers, accessed Dec. 03, 2015