Read the Fine Print, Dear: Prenuptial Agreement Covers All
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Rex and Teresa LeGalley know what to expect from love and marriage _ it’s all there in the fine print.
Their 16-page prenuptial agreement spells out the rules of their life together in excruciating detail, including how often they will have sex (three to five times a week), which gasoline to buy (Chevron supreme unleaded) and who does the laundry (Teresa).
``When you look at why people get divorced, the biggest reasons are money, sex, children or some pet peeve the other one just can’t stand,″ Rex said. ``We went into this knowing it’s a leap of faith when you get married. This gives us a list we can live with.″
The agreement, filed in court in July, also spells out how they are to handle their finances. The terms appear to leave little room for Valentine’s Day improvisation on what is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year.
On a recent trip to New York City, the LeGalleys _ married for seven months _ bought diamond-studded gold bracelets for each other. Rex called them Valentine’s Day, birthday and anniversary gifts all rolled into one.
``It was spontaneous, but it was something we had thought about for a long time,″ Teresa said Monday. ``Any kind of big purchase we make is planned. It’s just a question of when we’ll do the buying.″
The LeGalleys say their past marriages _ and their love of details _ made their prenuptial agreement a natural. Rex, 39, a communications specialist at Sandia National Laboratories, is on his third marriage. Teresa, 31, a civilian computer engineer for the Air Force, is on her second.
She said she talked with her first husband about a lot of issues, ``but we didn’t really agree on the real important stuff.″
A few months after she and Rex met while dancing at a bar two years ago, they started making lists, and realized just how compatible they were.
``We were on a trip and we were hitting a lull in the conversation,″ Rex said. ``So, I said, `Let’s try to create an ideal budget.′ We came up with this incredible, livable budget that we both agreed on.″
As they grew closer, they took the lists beyond mere finances. Eventually, they put together their prenuptial agreement, with the final 4 1/2 pages of single-spaced type covering just about everything:
_``We will engage in healthy sex three to five times a week.″ (No trouble complying with that one, they say.)
_``Nothing will be left on the floor overnight _ unless packing for a trip.″
_``Lights out by 11:30 p.m. Wake up 6:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.″
Teresa is in charge of ``inside house chores, including laundry,″ while Rex ``will maintain the outside of our house, including the garage, cars and inside repairs.″
_``We will buy supreme unleaded fuel (Chevron) and won’t let the fuel gauge get lower than half a tank.″
The LeGalleys say they have been criticized by some who think they’re taking the fun of spontaneous gestures out of their romance. But they see it as a realistic way of handling issues that inevitably come up.
``A lot of people say a prenuptial is something you do in case you get divorced,″ Teresa said. ``But we take it differently. This is the plan that we think will keep us married for 50 or 60 years.″