All you need is love?

heathermills.jpgIt’s difficult to say which is the week’s biggest new story: How the last minute rescue of US bank Bear Stearns will impact on the global economy, or… the Macca ‘v’ Mucca divorce settlement soap opera.Somehow most of the media considers the latter the lead story. Why a man should pay his wife and the mother of his four-year-old approx 4% of his £800m is clearly more important than, say, spiralling mortgage repayments and inflation.Ahh to hell with it: if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.So what does Smarta think about thumbs-up Paul having to chuck the truth-intolerant Heather Mills £24.3m?Well, he’s only got himself to blame, hasn’t he? No, not for choosing to marry a woman 25 years his junior and with worse references than Nick Leeson.But because he didn’t sign a pre-nuptial (yes we know there's no official pre-nup law in the UK, but you'd have thought some legal protection might have made sense). The man who nobly dismissed pre-nups as ‘unromantic’ is now possibly considering a rewrite of ‘All You Need Is Love’.In all seriousness, Macca’s not alone is he? How many of you in marriages and civil partnerships have protected your business interests should the unthinkable happen?Yes, it’s unromantic – but so is the fact that approximately 160,000 people get divorced every year.We suggest you don’t do it at the same time as working late, losing weight and getting a makeover, but perhaps it’s time to call in a lawyer. If you're business is protected in death, it should also be in the case of divorce. After all, Macca's troubles once seemed so far away...

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