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Observers predict a prenup in Jolie-Pitt divorce

Under California law, if actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt do not have a prenuptial agreement, then their belongings will be divided equally. However, legal observers say that since both of them were previously married and had substantial earnings before they got married, there is most likely a prenup.

The two met in 2004 and married in 2014. They have six children. Jolie has asked for sole physical custody, and if she is successful, Pitt might be required to pay child support. However, if the children spend equal time with both parents, neither will owe child support to the other.

Since they met, the two have earned $555 million dollars. Pitt's earnings have been considerably higher than Jolie's, but hers have been significant as well. Pitt has made about $315.5 million in that time with $76.5 million of that in the two years that he was married to Jolie. Since their marriage, Jolie has earned about $41 million. The houses that the two bought prior to their marriage do not count as marital property, but the division of other assets they have acquired since their marriage may be dealt with in a prenup.

However, even for couples in a high-asset divorce who do not have a prenup, dividing assets equally does not necessarily mean dividing all assets 50/50. First, it is necessary to determine what counts as marital property. For example, if a person received a sum of money in an inheritance and kept it in a separate bank account, that might not be considered joint marital property even if they received it after the marriage.

Source: Forbes, "Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Have Earned $555M Combined Since 2004. How Will They Split It?" Natalie Robehmed, Sept. 20, 2016

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