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Pamela, a waitress from South Dakota, married Bruce Davis, a lawyer, in 1992. They signed two post-nuptial agreements saying that she would receive $300,000 upon signing and a million dollars if they divorced plus $4,000 a month for housing and $750 a month for child support.

Fast forward to 2015. Bruce sues Pamela for divorce in New York. He is now worth 24 million. She asks the court to set aside the postnuptial agreements. She says she was pressured by her husband into using his drinking buddy as her lawyer to negotiate the agreements, she was not advised properly, and she did not understand what she was signing.

The court will hold a hearing on the validity of the agreements. The court said that “the wife’s allegations raise an issue of fact as to whether the agreements were the product of the husband’s overreaching.”

Pets can become an issue in a divorce.  Although the parties may treat their pets like children and argue over custody and visitation, the courts do not.  The law views pets as personal propety like a chair or a lamp.

After losing a dog in a divorce, an English lawyer, Vanessa Lloyd Platt, created a “Pet Nup” which sets forth the agreement of the parties with respect to their pets.

You can view and download the Pet Nup for free, but remember it would have to be modified for Maryland, Virginia or DC.