There was a competition to write a short story in as few as three words. Some of the most famous entries include:
Each story tells a sorry tale.
Of course, no-one goes into a marriage or civil partnership expecting it to end, but sadly it happens in more and more cases.
There’s nothing in the original fairytale to suggest that Prince Charming got a pre-nuptial agreement, but even if he did, it’s still not legally binding under UK law.
The law relating to finance on divorce has not been overhauled for over forty years. It’s vague, and open to interpretation by individual judges, which leads to uncertainty for the couples concerned.
Changes are proposed, if not yet underfoot. For example, the Divorce Financial Provision Bill that is currently going through Parliament calls for:
(This applies to English law. Note that the law is different in Scotland.)
If you are engaged, or already married, what happens if you ever split up is an important – if awkward – conversation to have. You and your partner should take independent legal advice and be sure to disclose all your assets. For pre-nups, this should happen at least 21 days before the wedding.
If the relationship breaks down, you need to protect yourself.
If you do get divorced, or your civil partnership ends, here are some of the things you may need to consider:
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