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Prenups Are Legally Binding, But Not Everywhere

Charlotte's first Sex and the City husband, Trey McDougall, comes from Scottish blood, but he'd probably be a proponent of the UK Law Commission's discussion to make prenuptial agreements legally binding.

Americans are no strangers to the legal contracts that outline the division of assets in case of divorce, while couples in the UK haven't been operating under the same options. Remember when Paul McCartney paid Heather Mills a settlement of $48.6 million as the result of an intense divorce proceeding? The exhausting process and enormous payout could have been avoided if English courts recognized prenups.

Opponents of legally binding prenups are concerned about a higher divorce rate, but proponents argue that without these contracts some couples aren't getting married at all, especially if they've had a previous marriage. There's plenty of time to argue; The Law Commission plans on publishing a drafted bill in 2012 and its projected that it would be 2014 before any law passes.

What do you think? Would legally binding prenups be beneficial or should the UK maintain its status quo?


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kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
if you sign it, it should be legal. otherwise, what's the point.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Yes! It definitely should be legally binding everywhere. Prenups are also good if you have kids from a previous relationship and you want them to receive all or most(or even any) of your money in the event of your death instead of your new spouse.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
They should definitely be! I don't think I'll need one since my fiance and I are going into our marriage with very little in the way of assets, but if one of us had a lot, I'd want to be protected. If you don't need a prenup to be enforced, just don't get one! But if people want protection, they should be able to get it.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I definitely see both sides to this argument - but so many times a prenup makes the whole divorce process a lot smoother - and after the Paul McCarthy/Heather Mills case, I am going to have to lean towards seeing the benefits to a prenup in the UK
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