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Kaley Cuoco files for divorce from Ryan Sweeting

In a high asset divorce in California, a prenuptial agreement can make the process a lot easier. If the couple has agreed in advance on issues like alimony and property division, they can avoid a lot of costly legal disputes. This appears to be the situation for actress Kaley Cuoco and her husband, tennis player Ryan Sweeting, who are divorcing.

Cuoco, star of the television series "Big Bang Theory," filed a petition for divorce in September in Los Angeles Superior Court. She cited irreconcilable differences as the grounds for the split. The couple married in 2013 on New Year's Eve. The couple has no children together, so they will be spared from having to deal with issues of child support and child custody.

Cuoco's petition states that the couple entered into a prenuptial agreement in November 2013. According to the petition, that agreement governs how the couple will divide their property. It also contains provisions governing the payment of spousal support by Cuoco to Sweeting.

In California, prenuptial agreements can protect the rights of spouses in the event of divorce. While it may not be easy to bring up the subject of a prenup, it's generally a lot easier to negotiate issues of property division and spousal support while a couple is getting along than at the end of a marriage when negative emotions are running high. Both parties must make a full financial disclosure before entering into the agreement. If a full disclosure is not made or if the agreement was entered into under duress, it can be ruled invalid.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Prenuptial agreement cited in Kaley Cuoco divorce filing," Sept. 28, 2015

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