Posted: January 7th, 2016
Harry Stone is the civil partner of Rock. Their civil partnership took place eleven months ago. Prior to their civil partnership, they lived together for four years. Harry is aged 38 years and Rock is aged 55 years. Rock used to be married to Cheryl and has a disabled daughter (Honey) aged nine years. Rock is an extremely successful businessman and owns a business worth in the region of £8 million pounds. The business was inherited from Rock’s mother fifteen years ago when it was worth £50,000, and Rock built up the business with the aid of Cheryl. Cheryl died after suffering complications from a mosquito bite, three years ago.
When Harry and Rock first met, Harry was a stockbroker earning in the region of £80,000 per annum, but gave up that salary three years ago to look after Rock’s daughter: Honey. Harry has come to see you very distressed as he has just found out that Rock is having an affair with his step father: Darren. Harry has known Darren for over twenty years. The day before the civil partnership ceremony took place, Rock told him to sign a prenuptial agreement. Harry signed it there and then without any legal advice. He believes the agreement stated he would receive £1,000.00 for each year they are in a civil partnership.
Harry is really worried, he lives in Rock’s house (worth approximately £2 million pounds) as there do not seem to be any jobs around in the stockbroking industry and he does not think he will be able to get another job as a stockbroker now. In addition, he is troubled that he will have no ‘rights’ as regards the child as he is not biologically her father.
Write a letter to Harry advising him on these matters advising him on the issues raised by the above facts. Ensure you refer to the relevant statutory provisions and cases, in the body of the letter or in the footnotes, as appropriate.
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