The Sexes: Ties That Bind

Jackie and Aristotle Onassis reportedly drew up a 170-point marriage contract covering every possible detail of their married life. In 1969, Kleenex Heir James Kimberly, then 63, and his third wife, Jacqueline Trezise, then 19, signed a prenuptial contract limiting any possible alimony payments to $18,000 for every year of marriage. Her divorce lawyer is now seeking a larger settlement on the grounds that she was "a mere schoolgirl" when she signed.

The well-to-do have long used marriage contracts to protect their wealth from the caprices of divorce courts. But now contracts are increasingly popular among educated, middle-class couples who have their...

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