Family lawyers are well-versed in marital law, including writing a strong prenuptial agreement. In fact, prenuptial agreements have grown in popularity, no longer being reserved for celebrities and the wealthy. However, these agreements have been growing in scope, describing more than just what would happen in the case of a divorce. Lifestyle clauses that govern the responsibilities and requirements of both parties during the marriage are becoming a common part of the prenuptial agreement, colloquially referred to as a love contract.
The American Bar Association Journal describes the increased popularity of lifestyle clauses in both prenuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements for couples that are not getting married. According to a celebrity divorce attorney that is well-versed in incorporation of lifestyle clauses, prohibitions on cheating or penalties for adultery that are enforced in the divorce settlement are the most popular clause. These lifestyle clauses may also cover frequency of sex, financial goals, and physical appearance.
Other popular clauses set up ground rules for the couple. There are guidelines regarding how much time they must spend with one another. These types of clauses usually require “date nights” or that the partners spend a minimum amount of time away from work, cell phones, and other forms of distraction to enhance their time together. It is also common to impose a requirement to remain under a certain weight, both for reasons of attraction and for health. However, these love contracts can encompass any number of topics, it is up to the parties to come to a mutual agreement.
While love contracts, like prenups, are no longer limited to celebrities, the clauses contained in celebrity agreements often get the most attention. This may be because of the specificity or perceived outlandishness, or it may be because of the high price tag attached to some. Regardless, celebrities have some of the most unique and tailored requirements in their agreements.
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman used their prenup to ensure that Urban stays clean. While Urban is entitled to $640,000 for every year they remain married, he will not receive any of that money if he uses illegal drugs. Urban, a former cocaine addict, has the added incentive to remain drug-free.