Reason Number 232 Not To Marry With A Prenup

January 23rd, 2006 // 3 Comments

Ellen Barkin has learned this lesson the hard way. While she is set to walk away with $20 million for five years of marriage (she is married to billionaire Ron Perelman, and she earned every penny), she was this close to receiving a larger settlement. That was, until Ron filed for divorce “out of the blue.”

Perelman isn’t the first loaded Lothario to love ‘em and leave ‘em with convenient fiscal timing.

In 2001, Tom Cruise left Nicole Kidman just one month shy of their 10-year anniversary. The Hollywood couple didn’t have a prenup; instead, under California law, Cruise was required to pay alimony for half of the length of time the marriage lasted. Had the parents of Isabella, then 8, and Connor, then 6, made it past a decade, Cruise would have had to shell out savings for the rest of Kidman’s life, or until she remarried.

Four years earlier, Donald Trump trumped his second wife, Marla Maples, by filing for divorce just weeks before their fourth anniversary. Had they survived the date, Maples would have netted millions more. Instead, it took two years of legal wrangling before she finally walked away with the sum dictated by the couple’s original prenup: $2 million and child support for their daughter Tiffany.

It seems like the whole marriage thing is really treated like more of a contract than a life choice with the super rich.

They quit to save a mint [Daily Dish]

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. Tilly

    Sounds like to me she got “Sapersteined” (referring to the recent time when David Saperstein served his wife Suzanne “The Viking” Saperstein. He got off the jet in Houston and his lawyer got on and gave the Mrs. her walking papers. She was shocked!

    Of course the fact that it is believed that Mrs. Saperstein made the mistake of having a nanny that was a younger version of herself. I think he traded her in for the newer model….

    While I doubt Ron wants to pay out the ass for a new honey I am sure he will not be having to go far for some new wool.

  2. The poor (like myself) need prenups more than the rich, especially when children are involved.

  3. ShoeSlut

    Wow — as if I needed a whole new reason to D*E*T*E*S*T Tom Cruise… I go and read about his one-month shy of a decade, fiscally-calculated split. Run Katie, run!!!

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