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Radmacher v Granatino

Radmacher v Granatino transformed the way English courts regard prenuptial agreements. In 2010, Vardags represented Katrin Radmacher in a case that culminated in a landmark ruling at the Supreme Court, changing to the law to make prenuptial agreements enforceable in England and Wales.

The case concerned a German heiress and her French husband, a banker. The parties married in London 1998, having signed a prenuptial agreement in Germany which agreed that neither party would benefit from the other’s property on divorce. During divorce proceedings, Ms Radmacher appealed the judge’s decision not to give the prenup decisive weight and was successful. The Supreme Court, in a judgment encouraging adult autonomy, ruled that fair prenups should have “magnetic importance”.

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You may be eligible for a litigation loan

If your spouse controls the family finances, you may be worried about how to find the money for your legal fees during a divorce. But this need not prevent you from accessing the best legal advice to fight for what you deserve. 

Whether you and your spouse built-up your fortune during your marriage, you married someone who already had money or you have had a child with someone with money, it is likely that you are entitled to very significant assets or income. But accessing this wealth now that you are separated may be difficult, restricting your ability to afford the very best legal representation for you and your family during your divorce.

What options are available to fund my case?

If your spouse is not prepared to pay your divorce fees, you may be eligible for a litigation loan. This specific type of lending allows you to secure any assets that you or your partner have, such as your former matrimonial home, against a loan that will cover your legal fees. This loan is then paid back at the end of the case.

A litigation loan is rigorous and transparent, and will grant you access to a top divorce lawyer who will ensure that you get your fair share. Vardags is experienced in securing litigation funding for its high net worth clients and has strong relationships with a select pool of the very best funders around. We also know when best to apply, and exercise careful judgement in determining when to pursue claims.

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Vardags can advise in detail on the options available at your first consultation. We offer a free initial consultation, without obligation, to clients who have family assets greater than £1 million or income of greater than £150,000 per annum. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 to arrange your consultation — it’s never too early or too late to take expert legal advice. 

 
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