In many divorces through the state of Ohio, there may be one spouse that is significantly better off than the other. So it is understandable that the lower-income spouse may have fears about divorcing, since they may worry that they will be left with little financial security.
Thankfully, that is where spousal support comes into play. Judges will award alimony based on certain factors, including the income of each spouse, the length of the marriage and any financial needs involved. Spousal support may be provided long term or just to help the lower-income spouse transition.
But what happens when a prenuptial agreement is involved? In many cases, alimony requirements may be detailed in the prenuptial agreement. While it may feel set in stone, it hasn’t kept spouses from trying to challenge these documents.
Take, for example, a recent case involving a well-known former talk show host. Ricki Lake married her husband in April 2012. They reportedly signed a prenuptial agreement before their tied the knot. Now, as they navigate their divorce, Lake’s husband is claiming that Lake “committed fraud” when she made him sign the prenuptial agreement before they got married.
It is not clear what his basis is, but it is definitely not unheard of that an ex who has a rich celebrity spouse may try to challenge an existing prenup. Some believe that his main goal is to get more spousal support. It will be interesting to see whether or not he is able to invalidate the agreement.
Source: TMZ, “Ricki Lake Divorce: Hubby claims, ‘You defrauded me!’” Nov. 21, 2014