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Chris Rock's prenup expired before his divorce

Massachusetts residents who are fans of comedian Chris Rock might be interested to learn about his divorce. In December, Rock filed for divorce from his wife and agreed that the prenuptial agreement they had previously signed had expired. Now, Rock's estranged wife is seeking a portion of his $70 million estate that is commensurate with the marital standard of living.

Chris Rock married his former wife in 1996 after meeting her at the Essence Awards. The couple has two daughters that were cared for primarily by the wife since she was a stay-at-home mother. Court documents show that the couple has agreed to share custody of their 11- and 13-year-old daughters. When Rock filed for divorce in December, he reportedly petitioned for joint child custody and told the court that his wife wasn't allowing him to see his two daughters.

According to court filings, the wife has stated that she deserves a large portion of the marital estate because she gave up her career to raise the couple's children and do charity work. Before marrying Rock, she worked in public relations. She now manages a charity called The Angel Rock Project. There have been no reports about the details of the expired prenuptial agreement that the couple had set up before their marriage.

A person who is going through a divorce may want to talk to an attorney before signing an agreement that a prenuptial agreement has expired. Prenuptial agreements generally do not expire unless there is a sunset clause, and a lawyer may be able to help a spouse prove that their prenuptial agreements are still valid.

Source: NJ.com, "Chris Rock's wife seeking huge payout in divorce, court papers show," Janelle Griffith, June 16, 2015

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