Make marriages in contractual bliss
The Features article by Sherry Lee ('Do you take this contract?' South China Morning Post, February 19) on pre-nuptial agreements touches an important and sometimes painful subject.
Marriage is not only about love, but also about money, property and the future of children. For this reason it should be regulated by laws, which will come into force only when love and affection have vanished.
Pre-nuptial agreements should be made compulsory for couples who are about to be wed. The officer in charge should ask: 'No pre-nuptial agreement? then, sorry, no marriage.'
I am sure that many people are not making pre-nuptial agreements because they consider it an act of greed, or that there are ulterior motives. But if it was simply a legal obligation, few objections would be raised.
The Government could easily appoint some lawyers to offer their services at a fixed rate and, using standard printed forms, the matter could be settled in 30 minutes.