Adele and her Divorce

Over the last few days, there’s been ample coverage of the singer Adele’s announcement that she is planning to divorce her husband, Simon Konecki. From afar, the situation doesn’t seem unusual—according to reports, they’ve essentially been separated for some time, and, in terms of the divorce and custody, they want what’s best for their young son—but it’s certainly garnered attention.

Inevitably, some of that media interest comes from the nature of her lyrics, which often revolve around breakups.  In 2011, before she married Mr. Konecki, she made the following prescient comment to England’s Telegraph newspaper: “If I ever get married, it’ll be ‘Darling, I need a divorce, it’s been three years, I’ve got a record to write.’”  Some of her fans, it seems, might feel that an impending divorce will inspire especially powerful lyrics.

With my vast experience with celebrity divorces, this one includes something that’s not uncommon, but still disturbing: reportedly, the lack of a prenuptial agreement.  When the couple married, Adele’s income was, as it’s remained to be, substantially more than her husband’s: her current net worth has been valued by several British newspapers at around £140 million, or over $180 million dollars. Without a prenup, he could, in theory, claim that he is owed half that.

There have been press reports that, a couple months ago, Adele already signed ownership of a home she owned in California over to her future e­x-husband as what’s called an intrafamily transfer, perhaps to begin ending their marriage in a way that suggests avoiding an even split of her wealth. But it raises the question again on why someone in Adele’s position would get married without a prenup. If you are a high net worth individual, it offers protection and peace of mind. Since predicting the future is more complicated than a pop song lyric, prenuptial agreements are clearly worth considering.

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