Posted by Patrick Hart, Partner
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More women eager to sign prenuptial agreements
Solicitors are receiving an increasing number of requests from women who want to draw up pre-nuptial agreements, new research suggests.
While pre-nups are not legally binding in the UK, more weight has been given to the agreements following a landmark case at the Supreme Court in 2010.
The case, concerning the affairs of German heiress Katrin Radmacher, established for the first time that pre-nups could be taken into consideration in the family courts of England and Wales.
Following the ruling, the Law Commission floated proposals to go further and introduce a marital contract that would actually be enforceable by law – although this type of arrangement is unlikely to be considered further until after the General Election.
Nonetheless, a growing number of young professionals are signing pre-nups before they exchange their vows.
Of particular interest is the increasing number of women who are approaching solicitors, keen to draw up an agreement. While traditionally pre-nups were initiated by far more men, it is thought that the increasing number of young female entrepreneurs is changing this trend.
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