From The New York Times
By Clay Risen
In February, the TV-talk-show psychologist Dr. Phil introduced his viewers to a new twist in domestic drama: a husband asking his wife to sign a postnuptial agreement. A postnup? Like a prenup, a postnup is a contract that divides a family’s assets between spouses — only this time it comes after the marriage vows have been spoken.
Postnups are fast becoming a familiar part of the marriage-law landscape. A poll published this year by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that almost half its members had seen an increase in the practice. Most states now recognize postnups (though many still place significant restrictions on them).
Eh. Postnups? People are still talking about postnups? The new hotness is intranups. During an intranup the couple changes their vows right before the ceremony to see what stipulations they can sneak by the future spouse before he/she bails out. And it’s all legally binding because of the priest (we think).
Example: I, Don, take you, Carla, to have and to hold for as long as I may live. Provided that you don’t complain much, provide an adequate amount of oral, let me watch sports all day Saturday and Sunday, let my buddies hit on your sister, do a minimum of 90% of the housework, and forgive me no fewer than three sexual indiscretions per decade. So help me God.
At this point, Carla can either accept the new deal or jump ship. It spices up the proceedings and really makes people sure that they get what they want. Anyway, we’re glad that Dr. Phil brought the postnup into everyone’s vernacular. It’s good that people know their options. He’s the one that they call Dr. Phil-good. He’ll make you feel like garbage. “Listen, this family is about one rhinosaurus short of a safari. We’ll straighten ‘em out.”
Tango has been ahead of the curve on this whole pre-nup business. Check out: Why To Love The Pre-nup.
By the way, hopefully this will be the last thing we grab from The New York Times Magazine’s 2007 “Year In Ideas.”