Golden Bachelor Divorce – Why All Marriages Should Have a Prenup
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Golden Bachelor Divorce – Why All Marriages Should Have a Prenup

Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist, stars of the reality show “The Golden Bachelor,” have decided to end their marriage after just three months.

The couple, who became engaged and married following their appearance on the show, announced their decision during an emotional interview on “Good Morning America.” Despite the short duration of their marriage, both Turner and Nist expressed continuing love and support for each other, reflecting positively on their time together and emphasizing that their breakup was amicable.

Turner revealed that after several heartfelt conversations, they mutually concluded that living separately would contribute more to their individual happiness, citing their strong dedication to their families as a significant factor in their decision. They also acknowledged having a prenuptial agreement in place and recommended it to others, underscoring that their experience should not deter others from pursuing love later in life. Nist made it clear that Turner’s past did not influence their decision to separate.

Their story had captured widespread attention and hope among viewers, particularly those interested in finding love later in life. The announcement of their divorce came shortly after a public appearance together at a high-profile event, where they seemed close and affectionate, demonstrating the complexities of personal relationships in the public eye.

The divorce could potentially cost them significantly in terms of missed financial opportunities that come with their newfound fame. Typically, reality TV stars can leverage their public profiles to engage in lucrative endorsements, social media posts, and even start their own branded ventures. For example, other reality stars have turned their TV stardom into multimillion-dollar businesses by promoting or creating brands that are tied to their public personas.



According to industry experts, couples like Turner and Nist could have engaged in joint appearances, endorsements, or projects that might have offered substantial financial benefits. Successful reality TV stars can earn large sums for social media posts or product endorsements, and those who launch successful brands can see their incomes grow exponentially. However, due to their divorce, Turner and Nist may miss out on these joint opportunities, which could have been quite profitable.

Additionally, their separation requires them to return the engagement ring provided by the show, symbolizing a loss of both material and potential promotional value. While they will retain their individual abilities to pursue opportunities, the split likely diminishes the kind of joint ventures that could have maximized their visibility and financial gain as a couple.

“To sign or not to sign: that is the prenup question that many of today’s couples are pondering as they plan their union.
“We don’t have or make enough to need that,” some may say.
Oh yes, we are definitely getting one signed, but it’s a sensitive topic and I don’t know where to start,” others may admit.
“A prenup would ruin everything; we wouldn’t get married if there was one.”
These are  just a few responses my clients have shared over the years.” says Winnie Sun, Sun Group Wealth Partners Managing Partner.

Having a prenuptial agreement (prenup) was particularly important for Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist for several reasons:

  1. Protection of Assets: Both individuals brought their own assets into the marriage. Gerry, a retired restauranteur, and Theresa, a finance professional, likely had significant financial and personal assets that needed protection in case of a divorce. A prenup helps ensure that such assets remain protected and that any financial separation is clear and predetermined​.
  2. Clarity and Fairness: A prenup can provide clarity and fairness by specifying in advance how assets and responsibilities will be divided in the event of a separation. This can significantly reduce the potential for disputes and lengthy legal battles, which are not only costly but also emotionally draining​.
  3. Preventing Misunderstandings: Winnie Sun, a financial advisor, emphasizes that a prenuptial agreement isn’t a sign of distrust but a tool for transparency and preventing misunderstandings in the future. It helps set clear expectations for both parties, reducing the potential for conflict over financial matters​.
  4. Encouragement for Future Relationships: Despite their own relationship not lasting, Gerry and Theresa expressed a desire not to discourage others from seeking love later in life. Having a prenup might reassure others that it is possible to both protect oneself and pursue new relationships without undue risk​.
  5. Flexibility and Peace of Mind: Knowing that there is a plan in place in case things don’t work out can provide peace of mind to both parties. It allows them to enjoy their marriage more fully without worrying about the potential financial consequences of a possible divorce​.

Overall, the prenup likely played a crucial role in ensuring their divorce process was smooth and conflict-free, allowing both Gerry and Theresa to maintain respect and care for each other even as they parted ways. This level of mature handling of a breakup can serve as a model for others, particularly in the spotlight of public attention​.

Considering a prenuptial agreement but don’t know where to start? Winnie Sun gives us her top tips:

  1. Start by talking openly, thoughtfully, and with an open mind. Communication is crucial throughout this process. Begin by discussing the topic openly and honestly with your partner. You can gauge their stance before having “the talk” by referencing couples in the news who did or didn’t have a prenup. For example, Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist had one, while Justin and Hailey Bieber did not. While you may not both be excited about getting a prenup, it’s a way to establish an understanding about what will happen if the marriage works out and if it doesn’t.
    • It’s important to understand that a prenuptial agreement isn’t a sign of distrust or a predictor of marital failure, but rather a tool for transparency and preventing misunderstandings in the future. I’ve found that, when done right, this can be valuable for getting on the same page, clarifying expectations, protecting assets, and providing peace of mind for both parties (and often their families) entering into marriage.
    • Find a comfortable setting, prepare some snacks, and make it a positive experience. If you feel overwhelmed, seek help. This could be another couple who went through the experience, a financial advisor, or even an attorney.
  2. Educate yourself. Take the time to learn about prenuptial agreements and their purpose. If you have significant assets to protect, consult with an experienced attorney or professional to understand what can and cannot be included in a prenup, as well as the legal implications.
  3. Choose your consultant wisely. Consider consulting with a family law or estate planning attorney who has experience drafting prenuptial agreements. Bring questions and ask for guidance tailored to your situation.
  4. Align your goals. Most couples will argue about money at some point, and some relationships fail because their financial goals weren’t aligned. Before drafting a prenup, clarify your goals and priorities. I often meet both parties beforehand to establish financial goals, review credit reports, and serve as a mediator to help my clients understand their financial union. Discuss what you hope to achieve together financially, as reaching consensus on goals makes the prenup process smoother.
  5. Start early. Don’t wait until the last minute to discuss or draft a prenuptial agreement. Starting early allows ample time for discussion, negotiation, and revisions. I recommend having it signed and agreed upon at least a month before the wedding. This gives both parties time to discuss, review, and become comfortable with the terms well before planning the honeymoon.

The case of Turner and Nist is a prime example of how a prenuptial agreement can facilitate a smoother transition for couples facing the unfortunate outcome of a divorce. Their story, although ended in separation, offers a valuable lesson on the practicalities of prenuptial agreements and maintaining mutual respect and support, even in separation.

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