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UK Judge Rules Prenuptial Agreement Invalid Due To Duress

A judge has ruled that a prenuptial agreement signed by a bride three days before her wedding, was done so under duress reports The Courier Mail.

The bride told the court her husband to be told her the wedding would be off if she didn’t sign the prenup and so she felt obliged to do so. The agreement said each spouse would retain their own assets if they separated. At the time the wife only had a car, which has since been sold to pay for the family’s care, while the husband had property and a substantial amount of money.

The court heard the husband now has a $330,000 property, the former matrimonial home worth $725,000 and a business valued at $283,722.

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Two Tier Divorce System Emerging in UK Court

An increasing amount of more prosperous divorcing spouses in the UK are avoiding the delays in British divorce courts by choosing to settle their case privately explains The Voice of Russia UK.

According to Voice of Russia, some British attorneys believe that the Family Court system is turning into a two-tier system, with different rules for the rich and poor, similar to UK’s health care system where the UK National Health Service provides free medical services to the masses but the wealthy can opt out to hire private  doctorss.

Last year, British Prime Minister David Cameron and the coalition government cut legal aid for divorce. Consequently many people who were unable to afford private attorneys began to act as their own lawyers, which lead to severe delays in the court system. Clients who have the funds to afford a private attorney have greater control over the time, place and even the judge who deals with their case.

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