Pre-nuptial & Post-nuptial Agreements

2 May 2018

Reflections on The Split – Episode 2: Heads, hearts and prenups

So, as the dust starts to settle following the launch last week of BBC’s new drama series  based on the loves and lives of an all-female family of divorce lawyers, we can start to predict where it might go in terms of entanglements between the main players. My money would be pretty safe on Hannah (played by Nicola Walker) and Christie (played by Barry Atsma) picking up where they left off on the eve of her wedding and will the younger sister, Rose (played by Fiona Button), actually marry her fiancé after she was last seen ripping apart her wedding dress following a meeting with her father who, it turns out, she had never actually met as he walked out on the family when she was much too young to remember. Grim portends indeed.

Jane Keir

23 February 2018

Divorce - no laughing matter

Is there anything funny about divorce?  If you are a comedian then the answer is probably yes.  John Cleese went on an “Alimony Tour” to fund his divorce settlement.  “I am here, my friends, because frankly I need the money”.  Groucho Marx, when asked why he continued to spend so much time with his former wife Eden replied “I like to be near my money”.

11 January 2018

Got the new year relationship blues? Try a reconciliation contract

Although the spike in divorce inquiries on the first working Monday of January is largely media myth, there is no doubt that many couples assess the health of their relationship as the new year dawns. For those willing to work on their marriage rather than press the destruct button there is a new tool available called a reconciliation contract.

Jane Keir

24 August 2017

Reconciliation Contracts – an alternative to divorce?

As I read the stop press news last week about the possibility Angelina Jolie might be pressing pause on her divorce, given Brad’s reported willingness to address his drinking problem, it got me wondering about whether they were considering a Reconciliation Contract which is a popular post-nup tool in the US. 

Jane Keir

14 August 2017

Anglo French prenuptial agreements – the myths of cross channel protection and the global prenup?

I am regularly asked to advise French and international couples on the protective agreements available to them before they marry.  They are often surprised to learn that it isn’t possible to draft a global prenuptial agreement which would be enforceable throughout the world, wherever the couple move to in the future.  

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