Melania Trump, the former first lady, is reportedly in the midst of renegotiating her prenuptial agreement with her husband, former President Donald Trump.
According to a report from Page Six, two anonymous sources told them that Melania had been “quietly” renegotiating the terms of her prenup over the last year.
Renegotiating for Financial Security
Though her motivations are up for speculation, renegotiating prenuptial agreements is not solely a sign of marital troubles but can also serve as a strategy to ensure someone’s own financial security.
According to Bill Beslow, a prominent New York City divorce lawyer, individuals often consider revising these agreements when they foresee potential financial challenges, and “She may well want additional protections for herself and her son.”
Trump’s Legal Drama
Melania Trump’s decision to revisit her prenup could be seen as a move to protect her interests, especially given her husband’s mounting legal issues, including four criminal indictments and a civil action in Manhattan.
Facing Financial Difficulties
Beslow explains, “The spouse who is having financial difficulties, or facing financial difficulties, may want to transfer assets out of his or her name,” and “That would be all with the view toward avoiding the seizure of those assets.”
Leveraging Her Position
Beslow also suggests that Melania may leverage her position to secure additional benefits for herself and their son.
Her renegotiation might include conditions that influence her involvement in Donald Trump’s future endeavors, such as his potential 2024 presidential campaign or his legal battles.
A New Bargaining Chip
Beslow then said this could serve as a bargaining chip because “She may be saying ‘this is what you need to do if you want me on your side if you want me on the campaign trail if you want me in the courtroom.’”
What’s it Worth
If this is Melania’s attempt at bargaining with the former president, it could allow her to influence his decisions, and potentially prevent actions detrimental to his career.
Beslow furthered his point by saying, “What’s that worth for him, for example, for her not to write a book?”
Melania’s absence from the campaign trail has not gone unnoticed, particularly as her husband continues to seek the 2024 Republican nomination.
A Clear Message
Melania’s evident absence has had many people questioning where she has been. In a recent football game in Iowa, Trump was set to attend the event and was met with a banner flying above the stadium that said, “Where’s Melania?”
The Cause Behind Her Disappearance
According to the New York Times, Melania continues to support Donald Trump’s political ambitions. However, her low profile is due to feelings of betrayal from individuals within her inner circle during her time as the First Lady.
With Donald Trump’s legal fees mounting due to his ongoing legal battles, there is a growing possibility that his financial situation could deteriorate.
By renegotiating her prenup, Melania may be taking precautions to safeguard her financial interests should her husband’s financial stability decline further.
Neama Rahmani, president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, “There’s a possibility that when it’s all said and done, Trump isn’t going to be in a good financial state,” and “She may be trying to protect herself.”
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