Marriage: the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law

Marriage makes bad business.

RIGHTS UPON TERMINATION OF MARRIAGE OTHER THAN BY DEATH

1.    Mr. Haven specifically waives forever the benefit of spousal support rights, alimony payments, including those arising under the so-called “necessaries” doctrine and any interest in the separate property of Ms. Lord.  Ms. Lord shall be entitled to support rights as further provided in section VII(D)(3) of this Agreement.

2.    If any children are born or adopted by Mr. Haven or Ms. Lord during the marriage, then and in such casein the event the parties’ marriage is dissolved and a court awards primary physical custody of any child(ren) under the age of twelve (12) to Ms. Lord, in acknowledgment of the reduced career opportunities that Ms. Lord would face due to the additional family responsibilities Ms. Lord would bear without the presence of Mr. Haven in the family/child(ren)’s primary home, Ms. Lord shall be entitled to fair and equitable spousal support (a.k.a. alimony) until the youngest child attains the age of twelve (12) to enable her to maintain her then existing standard of living.  In determining the fair and reasonable spousal support, the fact finder shall consider all of Mr. Haven sources of income, including those from his separate property, and shall consider only twenty-five percent (25%) of Ms. Lord’s income from all sources, including income derived from her separate property.  It is further agreed between the parties that Ms. Lord shall have no obligation to seek employment, or if employed at the time of divorce or later to remain so employed, nor shall Ms. Lord, if she chooses to be employed at any time be under any obligation to select employment with a goal of maintaining, increasing or maximizing her earnings.

7.    In the event any allegation of adulterous conduct leads to the termination of the marriage, the parties shall engage the services of an arbitrator who is a member of the American Association of Arbitrators or any other mutually agreed upon mediator prior to the division of marital property, to examine the facts of the allegation and to determine whether adultery occurred.  In the event of mutual allegations of adultery, the mediator shall identify any first occurrence of adultery.  In addition to sexual relations outside the marriage, the term adultery or adulterous behavior shall mean intimate, licentious, or romantic personal behavior or act involving a third party that the married individual would reasonably not feel comfortable performing in the presence of the spouse.  If the mediator determines that Mr. Haven has committed  the sole or first occurrence of adultery, Ms. Lord shall be entitled to 75 percent, and Mr. Haven shall be entitled to 25 percent, of the net value of the marital property.  If the mediator determines that Ms. Lord has committed  the sole or first occurrence of adultery, Mr. Haven shall be entitled to 75 percent, and Ms. Lord shall be entitled to 25 percent, of the net value of the marital property…

What was my biggest fear before signing on the dotted line?

That it would be me handing over 75% of my assets.

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