As Mrs Merton put to Debbie Magee – ‘What first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels..?’
For Celebrites and the rich it might be, as Mrs Merton suggested, that you are surrounded by people who may be after your hand in marriage because of the fame (and, therefore, fortune) and to them nothing could be more romantic than saying in writing ‘I love you for you, and not your money.’
But for most people Pre-nuptial Agreements are just not, well, romantic enough! Despite the separation statistics that prove not all frogs turn into Princes, nobody wants to discuss how the finances would be split should you separate and divorce in the future.
This is a rather odd reaction when you think about it though. We don’t, for example, deliberately not get travel insurance before we go skiing on the basis that it would take all the romance out of crashing and seriously injuring yourself in a Country with no NHS…
Pre-nuptial Agreements, or those made after marriage, are gaining in popularity and in the weight given to them by Judges. Baroness Deech, a leading family lawyer, told Radio 4 that a ‘Pre-nup’ may save career women from greedy men:
‘Lots of young women these days are working, earning well, and would feel it extremely unfair if a young man who they marry and perhaps leaves them is going to take with him a sizeable chunk of what they have worked so hard for.”
And what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the Gander.
Pre-nuptials may not be romantic, but with separation and divorce happening to many of us, they may be vital to provide protection and certainty in the process of financial uncoupling.