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Prenuptial Agreements: Just for the wealthy?

Until quite recently Prenuptial Agreements were considered by the courts to be of limited value and even contrary to the sanctity of marriage! However, as a result of the court having recognised a sea change in public opinion within the landmark case of Radmacher v Granatino (which was widely reported in the media), such agreements...
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Men or Women: Who gets the best deal from the courts?

In recent years the family law courts have dramatically changed their attitude towards what each spouse is entitled to upon divorce. Previously the spouse of a wealthy, high earner would normally expect to have their reasonable needs (housing and income) taken care of, leaving the wealthy party (usually the husband) with the vast majority of...
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Pre-marital agreements: Are they worth it?

In a recent case the courts confirmed the legal status of pre-marital (also known as pre-nuptial) agreements. The court has made it clear that such agreements will be upheld as long as: 1. The parties entered into such an agreement freely and have fully disclosed to the other their financial situation beforehand and  2. Both...
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When am I entitled to a divorce?

It is a common misconception that a divorce can be obtained on the basis of ‘irreconcilable differences’. This is an American term which has no relevance in English law. There is one ground for divorce and that is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. However, to be able to divorce this has to be proved...
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