It kind of looks like one can’t confidently trust the declaration of the three magical words these days. For those in the lower class, they may not have this fear because both parties know what they are getting themselves into with money being on the low and all. But unfortunately for the self-acquired rich or beneficiaries of some family wealth, falling love is risky business. You could wake up one morning and before you yawn to greet the day, half of your properties is being yanked from you.
For the affluent, one can never truly be sure that their partners love them for who they are or for how much they are worth. Each day which passes by could be the day one could get the biggest shock of his or her life. I want a divorce. No one can fully prepare for the bombshell as one can’t tell what could trigger it. Could it be a fight about coming home late, picking calls at odd hours, to be caught lying about one’s whereabouts or one’s decision to come out of the closet? One can only wait to find out.
Due to all the insecurities that come with wealthy matrimonies, the rich have decided to wise up and take precautions. The gold diggers of today don’t wear the obvious look anymore. No matter how many promises are made on the throes of passion, one needs some substantive guarantee.
Now, let me introduce the new and more trusted way of showing one’s love: signing the prenup papers. It is one hard proof of saying that I’m not with you for the money; I just want to grow old with you, watching the sunset on the beach. Some would say bringing up the prenup takes the romance out of the matrimony and makes it more of a contractual arrangement.
It may or may not be true as I watched a clip of a couple who actually signed the prenup papers at their reception in front of everyone to prove their love for each other before even cutting the cake. If that’s not romantic, then I don’t know what else is…lol. But I understood why they did that because the bride was a divorce attorney so I’m sure she had seen enough of nasty divorce proceedings so she was only protecting herself.
It’s unfortunate that people would pretend to love others so they can get married to them and later have half of their wealth handed to them especially when they didn’t contribute a penny to the fortune. As one attorney put it,
the best job for a pretty lady to have in this 21st century is to get married to a wealthy man without a prenup.
It is pathetic but one can’t deny it’s true.
I wonder what would be the new three magical words in the next century. I only pray love doesn’t become a scarce commodity by then.
© Josephine Amoako 2016