It has been reported in The Japan Times that, with the divorce rate increasing in the country, more Japanese couples are entering into pre-nuptial agreements.
The primary reason that Japanese couples are entering into pre-nuptial agreements is, of course, to protect themselves financially should the marriage break down. However, the report states that the agreements are also being used to impose conditions upon how the parties behave towards one another during the marriage, for example sharing domestic chores, contacting each other every day, and always spending their wedding anniversaries together.
Pre-nuptial agreements are also attracting increasing interest in this country, even though they are not strictly legally binding here. Despite that, the courts here are likely to go along with the terms of an agreement, if they are considered to be fair. Having said that, the courts here would be unlikely to be interested in enforcing the sort of conditions in agreements mentioned above!
For a brief summary of how the courts in this country approach pre-nuptial agreements, see this post.
If you are considering entering into a pre-nuptial agreement, or would like any further advice about them, Family Law Cafe can help. To book a free initial consultation with us click the green button at the top of this page and fill in the form, or call us on 020 3904 0506.
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