A piece in yesterday’s Times:
A racing driver’s ex-wife could be entitled to a £5 million divorce settlement after an appeal court ruled yesterday that a prenuptial deal was “unfair”.
Anita Brack, 51, signed agreements in 2000 with Kenny Brack, 52, a fellow Swede and test driver for McLaren, that left her with £500,000 when they separated in 2015. His wealth is estimated at £11.4 million. Mr Justice Francis told the High Court in 2016 that Mr Brack was “mean spirited” [J4MB: Because he wasn’t willing to hand her on a plate half his wealth, more than £2,000 for every day they’d been married] but honest. He suggested that Ms Brack take her case to Sweden.
Patrick Chamberlayne, QC, for Ms Brack, challenged the judge’s ruling, claiming that he “made crucial errors” despite having found the prenuptial agreement to be unfair.
The Court of Appeal has ordered the case to be reheard. Ms Brack said that the ruling meant she would not have to sell her £3 million home. [J4MB: Hmm. So she got £500,000 PLUS a home now worth £3 million. If that’s not penury, I don’t know what is. Hopefully she lives within walking distance of some food banks.]
The first recognition of a prenup in a British court (a sitting of the Supreme Court, all the judges were men) was, predictably, to spare a rich woman (a German Heiress, Katrin Radmacher) handing over a large chunk of her £100 million inheritance to her much poorer husband, a case I covered at length in my international bestseller The Marriage Delusion: the fraud of the rings? (2009) and briefly in a blog piece in 2014.
Men, if you learn nothing else from these cases, learn this – Men shouldn’t marry.
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