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3 Jan, 2007 18:37

Pre-nuptial agreement supposed to stabilise families in Russia

Pre-nuptial agreement supposed to stabilise families in Russia

According to United Nations statistics, 65% of marriages in Russia end in divorce. With this less than rosy view of marital trends, more of Russia's rich and famous are opting to sign pre-nuptial contracts when tying the knot.

The pre-nuptial is being viewed increasingly as a practical document rather than a cynical safety net.

“The marriage contract is more a tool to keep a friendly relationship afterwards, rather than something that holds two parties together because this is a way to be civilised and avoid court fights about property,” Ekaterina Kalashnikova, a lawyer points out.

When it comes to marriage contracts, to sign or not to sign, is now the question. At the most basic level, the pre-nup is a contract that clearly defines the division of assets should your marriage end in divorce. It regulates property and financial issues only.

In contrast, such contracts in the West can settle child support issues and personal relations.  In France, even breakfast time can be included.

Meanwhile, most Russians still view marriage contracts as a reserve of the rich and famous – a luxury not everyone can afford.