A bitter Texas divorce between Deion Sanders and his wife has resulted with a victory for the husband. One of the many issues in the divorce was over the validity of their prenuptial agreement. Although the case isn't over, a judge in the case has ruled that the prenuptial agreement is valid and will be upheld.
The divorce case will be required to go back through the arbitration process. During the hearing, it was uncovered that Pilar had testified over 10 years ago that she believed her prenuptial agreement was fair. The judge questioned why her mind had changed and the reasons why she is now saying the opposite.
The judge ruled Pilar had signed the agreement willingly, but the question was raised of whether she was knowledgeable about the state of her husband's assets. Although a handwriting expert stated he didn't believe Pilar signed all of the areas on the prenuptial agreement, the judge in the case sided with Deion. From the terms of the prenuptial agreement, Pilar will likely gain $1 million on top of the $100,000 signing bonus she got for originally signing the agreement in 1999.
A prenuptial agreement is a way for Texas residents to protect their assets in the event of a divorce down the road. Although the question of the validity of the document can be raised, it is not often that such agreements are overturned. Certain situations must exist for an agreement to be invalidated, but Deion Sanders has won this case. Although the divorce proceedings are far from over, he has secured one victory that potentially protected a significant majority of his assets.
Source: Dallasnews.com, "UPDATE: Judge rules prenup valid in contentious hearing with Deion and Pilar Sanders," Christina Rosales, Oct. 24, 2012