"Whilst this case relates to proceedings in Australia, similar principles apply in English law in that the terms of a pre-nuptial must be fair, a party must not enter into the agreement under duress and that both parties should have independent legal advice.
It is evident that these principles were not applied in the Australian case and even though the parties then went on to enter into a post-nuptial agreement, which is always advisable, the original agreement was plainly unfair."
A millionaire property developer's prenuptial agreement with an Eastern European bride 31 years his junior has been declared invalid by the High Court in Canberra. The couple met over the internet in July 2006, when the bride-to-be was a poor, 36-year-old childless divorcee living in the Middle East who had little understanding of English. He was a 67-year-old divorced Greek-Australian property developer with assets of $18 to $24 million, and three adult children.