Chrissy Blount, solicitor in the Family team at DWF in Newcastle, answers the most frequently asked questions about pre-nuptial agreements
She comments regularly on sexual harassment issues, divorce, pre-nuptial agreements
and other social, economic and political concerns of women.
She said, until recently, most family lawyers would have said pre-nuptial agreements
were not worth filling out.
But the bottom line on cynicism is that many pre-nuptial agreements
now even divide wedding presents.
RICH Brits would not use pre-nuptial agreements
to protect their fortunes - such as the one between American movie star Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones - even if they were legally binding over here.
Supporters of pre-nuptial agreements
argue such agreements have many benefits.
can already be drawn up, but UK courts are not currently bound by them.
Senator Browne said this week: "Concern was expressed about the possible down-sides of legally accepting pre-nuptial agreements
, such as a possible breach of the constitutional rights of women and children in the event of a marriage break-up.
Karen Mackay, chief executive of National Resolution which is bringing the American concept of collaborative law into divorce settlements for couples who want to avoid bitter and expensive legal battles, also believes pre-nuptial agreements
can have a useful role.
RICH Britons are traditionalists when it comes to money - shunning pre-nuptial agreements
and being open with their partners about their finances, according to new research.
CATHERINE Zeta Jones and new husband Michael Douglas have inspired a boom in the demand for pre-nuptial agreements
are now common among Hollywood celebrities anxious to guard their vast fortunes.