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Ruben Studdard

Divorces Like a CHAMP

With Ironclad Prenup

4/8/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ruben Studdard just went through the CLEANEST divorce ever
If you ever plan to get married, start taking notes -- because former "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard just went through the CLEANEST divorce ever ... all thanks to his ironclad prenup.

TMZ broke the story ... Ruben filed for divorce in November from his wife Surata Zuri McCants, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in January.

It got hairy at first -- Zuri tried to get the judge in their divorce case to nullify the prenup, claiming Ruben blindsided her with the documents just days before the wedding, unfairly pressuring her into signing them.

But the judge wasn't buying it -- upholding the prenup, and awarding Zuri close to ZILCH in the divorce.

According to the final judgment, Ruben was not ordered to pay ANY spousal support or alimony ... and he gets to keep their home plus all his belongings -- jewelry, pensions, royalties, clothing, and all his cash. It was even ordered Zuri return the engagement ring.

Meanwhile, Zuri gets next to nothing -- her wedding dress, her photo albums, a 2006 BMW (which Ruben will pay off), a 10k property settlement, 2k for attorneys fees ... oh yeah, and her maiden name.

The lesson -- don't sign a prenup ... unless you're loaded.


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Good for Rueben, glad he kicked that golddigger to the curb.

929 days ago


Way to go Ruben! I bet you're glad to be rid of the "Gold Digger"!

928 days ago


Good. You don't do the work to earn the ain't your money.
The reasoning behind giving women alimony..."since she was domestic and never held a job, she is therefore incapable of knowing how to keep a job and pay her bills, therefore the ex-husband must be forced to pay her bills (and luxuries) with alimony for 10 years".
Does that work for men too? Does the law reason this way...."since he was busy holding down a job to pay the bills, he never washed clothes or cooked dinner, therefore incapable of doing domestic and caring for himself, therefore the ex-wife should be forced to go to his house for 10 years and cook his dinner and wash his clothes"...?
Ruben, wise move with the pre-nup, she would have left you under a bridge.

928 days ago


OK.... Let us get real !!! What did his wife do that is not being said.

I was not born yesterday,he has something on her that she did not want out and only the courts know what that is in this case.

And I also feel it will not even be in the court records there was a deal of some kind.

928 days ago


Doesn't matter if he is, as some of you claim,BROKE NOW, the prenup is about business. People forget that the person smiling and cheesing it up on their wedding date is a totally different person when its time to sign the divorce decree. If you think you have assets that need protecting, you need a prenup. Period. Don't think you need one, good for you. But I don't think it means the person doesn't have faith in you or the marriage - they're just realistic and stupidly blind like some of you on here posting. Keep in mind, this also protects him in the future if and when he starts making big money again. I guess the person who said there is no reason to celebrate [and there never is in a divorce] would be celebrating if this story were different and Ruben got taken and the bitch got more than what she deserved?

928 days ago


Good for him. I thought she would take him to cleaners for what little money he has but someone advised him well and he followed through. Don't get married again anytime soon Ruben, enjoy your freedom.

928 days ago


What a jerk! Ladies, let this be a lesson. If he doesn't want to share his assets with you. Then just live with him, that way you can dump is ugly a$$ later. My now Husband is worth 10 million and I refused to sign a prenup. So glad I did too.. it is insurance that they will be forced to treat you a little better in the marriage than they would have without one. Misogynist women haters that they are deserve to get the screws put to them if they mess up... LADIES, NEVER SIGN.

928 days ago


Signing a pre-nup was not the bad idea -- rather, it was signing one with bad terms. Sometimes one is better off signing one if the terms are favorable than entering into marriage without one. It gives a spouse less motive to try to hide assets and/or file bankruptcy to keep the other from getting half. But if one gets a decent payoff, often one leaves the marriage in a better financial condition than if the marriage had not occurred and he or she had married someone else of lesser means. However, how the agreement is executed, at least in California, is essential to whether or not it is "breakable." Both sides need to have separate attorneys who are known to have considerable family law experience, and I'm told that both sides should have the agreement in their possession for about 30 days so neither can say they were rushed into signing. Ruben's wife might have been able to break the prenup in California of those conditions were not met. Sometimes on televisions shows, one of the couple will simply hand a prenup to the other to sign, but in real life law, especially in California, it does not work that way if one expects the agreement to hold up. In fact, I know of one attorney who prepares a prenup for his clients, and then has them sign a post-nup after the ceremony, reaffirming the terms of the prenup so that neither side can say he or she was caught up in the whirlwind of wedding preparations and was pressured into signing.

928 days ago


@blake-you're the c-word men need to watch out for. If men have money and your woman won't sign a prenup, ditch them before they try to take YOUR money.

928 days ago


What a great story! I'm glad that a rich guy didn't get ripped off even though he had a prenup. Why to go, dude!!

928 days ago

Sea Urchin    

Much respect to the guy, that's the way to do it. Ruben, find yourself a nice girl and start a family, forget these money hungry hoes.

928 days ago


Obviously, we don't know the facts of this divorce, the prenup, or the assets. However, I stand by my original comments that if we assume a marriage that lasts several years with a person with talent and a level of fame is left with the wedding dress, photos, a six year old auto, $10,000 and $2,000 toward attorney fees this simply states the traditional commitment to a marriage is void. It was presented as by Harvey as a wonderful thing to dump a wife as little more than a date. This is not healthy and it's not funny. It is celebrated by several males on the site with animosity toward women. Very unfortunate...but perhaps this is what a segment of men feel toward women. However, it does not bode well for that marriage is a commitment of care and love.

928 days ago

S Jackson    

She thought she was dealing with Alabamian with no sense. Thought she was going to marry into money and walk away with all his money! Ruben showed her he was no fool and kept it all even his name! The "Velvet Teddy Bear" wasn't so soft after all! lol!!

928 days ago


Smart guy, but return the engagement ring??? Come on!

928 days ago

Cheryle Seitz    

It got hairy at first -- Zuri tried to get the judge in their divorce case to nullify the prenup, claiming Ruben blindsided her with the do***ents just days before the wedding,

928 days ago
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