In the world of celebrity marriages, prenuptial agreements are all but an absolute necessity. So now that Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are finally making it legal, most analysts agree that it's pretty much a certainty that the two will make such an agreement in order to keep their combined $270 million net worth discrete in the event of their separation.
In case you were wondering (of course you were), Brad Pitt is the one doing a bit better financially in the relationship, with a net worth of $150 million. But Angelina Jolie is no slouch herself in the net worth department, having accumulated a net worth of $120 million over her career.
While a prenuptial agreement might seem like a sour note on which to begin a marriage, the couple has been together for 7 years, so it's unlikely that this prenup (or their marriage itself) will change their lifestyle too much. Here's Goldie Schon, an Los Angeles-area lawyer who specializes in family law:
"Nothing is going to change. The reason they are getting married is because of their children. Their children are growing up and they are becoming more knowledgeable of what mommys and daddys are supposed to be."
However, Schon also points out that those kids won't be a part of the actual agreement, if and when it's drawn up:
"You can't put child support or child care into a prenuptial agreement because a prenup is between two people, the spouses to be. You can not contract away the rights of a child."
No matter what happens, it's a safe bet that neither Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, both of whom are major Hollywood power players on their own, would allow their status or level of privilege within the Hollywood celebrity community be jeopardized by something like a marriage. So, a prenup it is then!