Last month, the UK Supreme Court made a landmark ruling regarding pre-nuptial agreements in the UK. In Radmacher v. Granatino, the Court held UK Courts must give pre-nups "decisive weight."
The story underlying the case involved a German heiress and a French investment banker who lived in London. He quit his investment banking job in 2006. The marriage began to deteriorate, eventually ending in divorce. He hoped that she would have to pay up after the divorce. Before their marriage however, both parties signed an agreement that neither party would benefit if they divorced.
This agreement benefited the heiress. As one of the richest women in Europe, she risked losing some of her fortune had her ex been able to get out of the agreement. Previously, pre-nups were not valid in the UK, though they have been respected in France and Germany.
Siding with the heiress, the Court respected the parties' abilities to contract on these issues. Now, the UK family courts must assume that "parties entering into agreements will intend that effect be given to them." Thus, her fortune remains safe and he will have to suit up in an investment bank instead of the courts. Some have questioned what this means for the world's most famous betrothed couple...