Family Law Blog

The Princess and the Prenup

On April 29, 2011, Prince William of England will marry commoner, Catherine Middleton.  Lots has been said in the media about the upcoming nuptials, but little at all has been mentioned about whether or not Kate will sign a prenuptial agreement and what the terms are, if any.

 Recently famous New York divorce attorney, Raoul Felder, suggested to Kate Middleton that she “grab as much as she can get.”[1]  While no one knows for sure, having a royal prenup would determine if Kate got to keep Princess Diana’s famous blue sapphire engagement ring if the parties eventually split up.  Not to mention, of course, all those palaces!

Prenups have been somewhat of a novelty in the United Kingdom.  In England, prenuptial agreements were only recognized by the Courts last year as enforceable.[2]  However, in Scotland today nearly one-half of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 years said they would sign a prenuptial agreement before marrying.

 Prenup or not, let’s hope that Wills and Kate have a long, happy life together.

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