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Wife challenges prenuptial agreement in high-asset divorce

The saying, “the bigger they are the harder they fall” is sometimes very appropriately applied to cases of high-asset divorce. The ongoing case of Ken Griffin—founder of Citadel LLC—and his wife Anne Dias Griffin, is a good illustration of this. Sources say that the high-profile couple’s divorce could cost billions of dollars.

More interesting in the case, though, is the couple’s prenuptial agreement, which Anne Dias Griffin has challenged on the basis that she was allegedly coerced into signing it shortly before the couple’s marriage in 2004. Ms. Griffin is asking to have the prenuptial agreement thrown out, which would allow her a much more significant settlement from the divorce. 

According to court documents filed by Ms. Griffin, she was presented with the financial details of the agreement shortly before the wedding. When she expressed doubt about the details of the agreement, her husband allegedly became violent, destroying a piece of furniture. The couple reportedly saw a psychologist the following day, during which meeting the psychologist convinced Ms. Griffin to give in to Mr. Griffin’s demands. It was only later that she found out Mr. Griffin had been seeing that psychologist regularly for some time before the marriage. She claims to have been unduly influenced by him into signing the agreement.

Prenuptial agreements can be very powerful agreements in terms of allowing a couple to set the terms of a potential divorce, but they can also be quite fragile if not wisely negotiated and validly executed. Couples who want to protections of a prenuptial agreement should both work with experienced attorneys throughout the negotiation process to ensure their interests are protected. Doing so will only help make the agreement stronger.

Source: Wall Street Journal, “Citadel Founder Ken Griffin’s Divorce Could Cost Billions,” Rob Copeland, September 3, 2014. 

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Wife challenges prenuptial agreement in high-asset divorce | Peter A D'Angelo, Attorney at Law, PLC