They are gaining in popularity, so what do you wish you got your partner to formally agree to?
What do Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez, Beyonce and Jay-Z all have in common?
Fabulous. Good looking. Swimming in cash. Pre-natal agreement.
Yep. You read that right. Not just pre-nuptial agreements, but pre-pregnancy contracts as well.
It’s reported that Jay-Z has to pay Beyonce $5million every time she has a baby, while Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are said to have already worked out the custody arrangements for their child in the event of a break up all by way of a contract.
Just recently, US writer Rebecca Onion wrote in Slate that pre-pregnancy contracts are gaining in popularity, and not just amongst the rich and famous.
Many pre-pregnancy contracts cover what happens to a child in the event of a break up, child support, custody etc. But they also include division of household labour, caring responsibilities, financial and working arrangements.
While I am well past the point of return for a pre-pregnancy contract (3-year-old, bun in the oven) but I’m quite taken with the idea of mandating expectations around the housework. Because the laundry alone may just kill me.
So, what might I put in a pre-pregnancy contract
You have to do the first nappy.
I don’t care that it’s black and disgusting. I just carried that baby around in my body for nine months, and denied myself delicious cheese and tasty wine. Suck it up.
You have to bring me a coffee every morning.
Unless you want me to be a heinous bitch with a migraine all day, you need to provide me with an appropriate level of caffeine to help me care for your progeny. I don’t think this is unreasonable.