By Michaela Whitbourn
The tall Court has torn up a prenuptial contract from a rich Australian home developer and their online bride, who was simply forced into signing the document after he threatened to phone from the wedding.
The person during the centre for the situation, whom owned assets worth a lot more than $18 million, passed away in might 2014 during drawn-out litigation on the contract.
The tall Court tore up the agreement that is prenuptial described by one solicitor once the “worst” she had ever seen. Credit: Karl Hilzinger
Two of their young ones, acting as executors and trustees regarding the property, annexed the court battle.
On Wednesday, the tall Court ruled the contract, and the same agreement that is post-nuptial ought to be put aside on such basis as unconscionable conduct.
The Federal Circuit Court had ruled in 2015 that the agreements weren’t legitimate nevertheless the decision ended up being overturned by your family Court just last year. The tall Court decision upholds the earlier ruling.
The court stated the few – provided the pseudonyms Mr Kennedy and Ms Thorne – came across in 2006 on “an online site for potential brides”.
” In enough time, Ms Thorne, who had been an eastern woman that is european ended up being residing in the center East. She ended up being 36 years of age. She had no significant assets,” five regarding the seven judges, including Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, stated in a judgment that is joint.
“Mr Kennedy had been a 67 12 months old Greek Australian home developer.