Deborah’s comments were published in The Legal Diary on 24 June 2022, and can be found here.
This is a short marriage between parties in the latter years of their lives. Considering their previous divorces and the wish for no publicity regarding their personal lives, it would be no surprise if they had entered into a prenuptial agreement determining the financial settlement were their marriage to fail.
In the absence of a prenuptial agreement, Jerry Hall will have a needs based claim against Rupert Murdoch’s millions, determined by various factors such as their ages and length of the marriage, but also taking into account the standard of living enjoyed during their marriage. That is likely to result in a generous settlement for Jerry Hall but one that Mr Murdoch can easily meet.