If you’ve read the Forum section of Tuesday, July 17th’s Plain Dealer, you may have seen an editorial by James Andrew Miller called “Preparing for a Broken Home.” Mr. Miller sites several examples of couples he knows who spent a good amount of time and energy on their pre-nuptial agreements. He says it is sadly clear to him that for all of these couples’ efforts at dividing up their assets ahead of time, they neglected the most important point of all – dividing up the children! Mr. Miller advocates drawing up a pre-nup outlining custody guidlines for children who haven’t yet been born, named, or conceived.
Admittedly, I’m not that keen on pre-nups to begin with, unless they are attached to an estate plan that involves children brought in from a previous marriage. To put in writing how to divide up a child’s time between a mother and father who aren’t married or parents yet strikes me as ludicrous. I’d love to know what you think!