A millionaire model’s view of a Pre Nuptial agreement
It is refreshing to read an article in today’s Times newspaper about supermodel, Natalie Vodianova. She is engaged to marry her fiancé, Antoine Arnault in 2021 (after having to postpone their nuptials due to the current pandemic). Her fiancé, like herself, is also very wealthy and an heir to a luxury conglomerate. The Times reporter, Julia Llewellyn Smith, has asked her whether they plan to sign a Pre nuptial agreement and her reply was “Of course“. Ms Llewellyn Smith subsequently asks Natalia if she considers such deals a tad unromantic? Her response? “No. When you build a relationship for life you have to have discussed all possible scenarios. If you love each other you will want to love each other even if you separate and the best way to keep the relationship amicable is to have a solid agreement in place. You stay together for the right reasons as well because the financial side, which can be the very painful part of a relationship, is out of the way and it’s just love”.
It is true that many people consider Pre nuptial agreements to be unromantic and immediately dismiss the idea of one. However, it is very wise to give consideration to whether you should have a Pre nuptial drawn up. Many people entering relationships, particularly when they are older, have assets they have acquired and built on whilst they were single or with previous partners. It is essential that people consider whether they want to ensure they ringfence those assets in a formal document, to frustrate a successful claim by a subsequent spouse, if they separate. Time and again Family Lawyers are appointed to assist with resolving financial disputes, following a marriage breakdown. In many cases, a Pre nuptial agreement would have benefitted the parties.
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