Betty on the News: Marrying a Rich Man is Not a Career, Says UK Barrister

A leading British lawyer believes gold-digging should not count as a woman's career in life.

Betty on the News: Marrying a Rich Man is Not a Career, Says UK Barrister

A leading British lawyer believes gold-digging should not count as a woman’s career in life.

-Faye Brennan

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

British Baroness Deech does not like gold-diggers! At least that’s the message she is trying to get across in a series of lectures she’s been giving to radically change UK divorce laws.

She argues that right now in the UK, “getting married to a well-off man is an alternative career to one in the workforce,” thanks to British laws and how easy it is for women to get half of their spouse’s money in a divorce (hmm, think she’s referring to Paul McCartney and Heather Mills’ divorce settlement? She walked away with $24 million). 

Baroness Deech believes that women should still work after marrying a wealthy man, and that couples should sign a pre-nup before any nuptials are held.

“It is hard to see why adults should not be free to contract at the point of marriage for the financial consequences of any divorce, subject to built-in fairness tests,” she says. “There would need to be provision for children, if any, and a definition of what assets were to be included.”

Baroness Deech’s point was seen in action  just this July when a German heiress and one of Europe’s richest women, Katrin Radmacher, got to keep her millions in a divorce settlement, thanks to a pre-nup she and her ex signed before their marriage. So, are pre-nups the way to go? (UK Daily Mail)

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