Sandra Davis considers the practicalities of prenup legislation
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde we've grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life - the proof is in the column inches devoted to celebrity divorces and the financial awards made against the fabulously wealthy.
Is it any surprise then that family law and the institution of marriage look like being a major battleground in the coming election?
The battle lines have been drawn. The Conservatives favour financial incentives to promote marriage and civil partnership while Labour and the Liberal Democrats refuse to draw any distinction on the basis of a couples' legal status.
The Conservatives also back the legal recognition of pre-nuptial agreements. This seems counter-intuitive only if the 1920's argument that pre-nups undermine the sanctity of marriage still holds today. The Conservatives appear to accept instead the argument that enforceable pre-nups will provide the reassurance that 21 Century couples need to persuade them to walk down the...
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