Australia’s Pre-Nup Law Tested by Landmark Case

by Admin on May 3, 2017

The woman claims she was under “duress” while signing it

A landmark court case is poised to test the efficacy of prenuptial agreements and prenuptial law in Australia reports The Australian.

The widow, who has not been named for legal reasons, has gone to the High Court over an $11 million estate left behind by her ex-husband.

According to the report, the woman had been warned by legal counsel that the prenuptial agreement was not good but had signed it anyway. She also signed a second agreement after the wedding against further advice she received.

The High Court has accepted to hear her case and the judgment could affect the strength of prenuptial agreements in Australia, as well as what constitutes as “duress”.

According to the woman’s lawyer, she was told the wedding would be called off four days before the wedding if she did not sign the papers. Since she was a foreigner with no job and no home, she was forced to comply, he stated.

The woman’s case to get the two agreements nullified first started before her ex-husband’s death in 2011 and has since continued with his two children.

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