Since the well publicised case of the German heiress Katrin Radmacher in 2009, pre-nuptial agreements are very likely to be given considerable weight by the courts. In other countries they are binding and commonly used to protect couples planning to marry.
There are many reasons why a pre-nup might be a good idea…
- to predict the outcome of any divorce settlement before you marry
- to save on costs and the acrimony that can arise in divorce proceedings
- to prevent speculative claims following a short marriage
- to protect those marrying in later life or for a second or subsequent time
- to limit the claims of a second spouse thereby protecting the interests of children from previous marriages