‘Married at First Sight’: Do the Marrying Cast Members Sign Prenups?
Cast members of Married at First Sight agree to get married to a complete stranger. There is a lot of risks involved, but does that include financial risk? Here is everything you need to know about whether the couples sign prenups.
Married at First Sight has 5 couples that are still together
The premise of the experiment sounds crazy, but it has worked for some couples. Five couples are still together from the past seven seasons.
Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner got married in Season 1 and are expecting their second child. Cortney Hendrix and Jason Carrion are still going strong from the premiere season and have a YouTube channel together.
Married at First Sight didn’t get its next successful couple until Season 5. That’s when Anthony D’Amico and Ashley Petta got married and they later had a daughter. Season 6 fans watched Jephte Pierre and Shawniece Jackson fall in love and they too have a daughter. Last season Danielle Bergman and Bobby Dodd decided to stay together and they are now expecting their first child.
Although five couples are still together that leaves a lot of divorces. Amber Martorana and Dave Flaherty from Season 7 most recently filed for divorce.
“We obviously had a lot of tough moments but we shared a lot of laughs and fun times together too,” Martorana wrote on Instagram, according to Us Weekly. “In the end we just weren’t a good match, but I learned a lot through the experience and can now say I’m thankful for it. I wish Dave well, and I know he wishes the same for me in return.”
Did the couples sign a prenuptial agreement?
The show has a built-in prenuptial agreement
The show doesn’t completely throw two strangers together and hope for the best. They have the couples protect themselves financially.
“There is a prenup that is built in,” Kinetic Content CEO Chris Coelen told Yahoo! “It’s a very short, brief prenup. It basically says what they walk in to (the marriage with), is what they walk
The CEO further explained why they have couples sign it. “We want to give them some protection walking in,” he said. “If for some reason it does not work out, at least you are protected with this basic form. You are not going to get yourself in to any legal trouble. Once they are in to the marriage, everything is completely up to them.”
The show might help couples financially separate within a certain time period
If things don’t work out, then couples might get help financially separating. It’s unclear how much they might get.
“There is not any money specifically built in for divorce costs, no,” Coelen said. “We will contribute within a certain period of time if they get divorced. We will help them cover the costs of an attorney if they choose to do that. I don’t know what the amount is. It’s nominal.”
The financial help and signing the prenuptial agreement are probably a few reasons why some couples were more willing to marry a stranger. They still have a tough decision to make by the end of the season if they’ll stay together.
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