People get married every single day and in a whole range of circumstances.  Some spend years together and then tie the knot, others enter into a whirlwind romance that quickly takes the next step to marriage.  Whatever the lead up to marriage is, there is an argument that the less well the couple know each other, the greater the potential risk of the marriage not lasting the course.  However, divorce is not the only potential outcome of a hurried marriage.

Unfortunately, there is no shortage of stories about people who have been duped by less than scrupulous partners.  For example, women in particular have been scammed by men they have met and become romantically involved with whilst on holiday abroad.  What would have appeared to be a whirlwind romance quickly followed by marriage in the UK, ends with the husband emptying his new wife’s savings account.

What some people also don’t consider when they marry are the wider issues that may surround their marriage, such as their estate.  A less common but still frequently witnessed example is of couples who decide to marry when one person in the relationship finds out they have a serious and potentially life-threatening illness. It is understandable that many people in this terrible situation would want to make their relationship more formal and therefore choose to marry. But they may not consider the implications on their estate.  Once married, if the party who subsequently dies leaves no will, their new spouse will automatically inherit their estate as next of kin.  If the relationship and marriage happened quickly, the widowed spouse would have effectively appeared on the scene in a whirlwind and taken away any inheritance that may have been due to other family members.

Whilst some soon-to-be-wed couples will at least consider a pre-nuptial agreement in order to avoid financial complications during divorce, many, to their cost, will not consider the implications of their marriage on their estate.

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