Bad Boy Clauses

PRODUCT Clauses in, or amendments to, marital agreements that guarantee a specific financial payment if one spouse's infidelity leads to divorce

HOW IT STARTED As a response to no-fault divorce laws; wronged spouses wanted compensation for their pain

JUDGMENT CALL Iffy; the spouse may renege and fight it

Despite what you may have read in the tabloids, a representative for Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones insists the Hollywood newlyweds do not have an agreement that requires him to pay her $5 million if he is unfaithful. Nevertheless, lawyers say, such "bad boy" clauses in prenuptial agreements are becoming more popular...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!