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Former governor faces divorce but has a prenuptial agreement

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist has filed for divorce from his second wife, telling a Florida newspaper, "I think the world of Carole. She's an amazing person. It just didn't work out for us." The two were a surprising pair who often operated at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Crist was elected to governor as a Republican, while his wife was an outspoken democrat socialite. Despite their political and personal differences, the two anticipate settling their divorce in a straightforward manner using collaborative law.

While it still remains to be seen how the divorce will actually play out, and if it will indeed be a rare low-conflict process for a relatively high-profile couple, it is admirable that the two are attempting to face the difficulties of divorce head-on. Hopefully, their example can resonate with other couples considering divorce, and demonstrate that a divorce does not have to be a bitter battle between mortal rivals. Divorce can be a civil process that prepares both sides for a healthy new season on the other side, if the couple is willing to let it.

The former governor and his wife employed a prenuptial agreement when they married in 2008, which will likely play a significant role in keeping matters as simple and straightforward as they can be. Of course, couples need not be socialite royalty to benefit from a prenuptial agreement. Every couple, even those who do not believe they would ever divorce, benefit greatly from a prenuptial agreement, which can remove many of the areas of stress from a marriage. With a proper prenuptial agreement, you can protect you spouse from vulnerability to your personal debt, or give your spouse peace of mind that some of her favorite belongings or retirement savings will not be jeopardized if things don't go as hope in the marriage.

It is hopeful that the former governor and his wife will indeed have a straightforward and conflict free divorce — and because they chose to utilize a prenuptial agreement, that is fairly likely. If you believe that a prenuptial agreement may be right for you, enlist the guidance of an experienced attorney who understands how to create the perfect document for your relationship.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, "Rep. Charlie Crist is divorcing his wife, Carole," Adam C. Smith, Feb. 24, 2017

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