Wednesday 24 January 2018

Caitriona Murphy: Why farm couples should take a lesson from Kim and Kanye

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Solicitor Anne O'Neill
Tom Doyle of the Irish Farmers' Association

AN exit strategy, an insurance policy, a disaster strategy – call it what you like – a pre-nuptial agreement is the outline of what you want to happen to your assets in the event of a marriage breakdown.

The news this week that Justice Minister Alan Shatter intends to include pre-nuptial agreements in the upcoming legal review has revived the controversy that surrounds divorce in deepest rural Ireland, where the mere thought of a divorce lawyer walking to the family farm is enough to bring on palpitations.

The notion that a woman who marries a farmer walks up the aisle with a bunch of flowers and walks down again with half the farm in the pocket of her silk dress is one that has terrified Ireland's farmers ever since divorce was legalised in 1996.

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