Marriage, divorce and Wills
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Wills are a tricky area and often there are many aspects of the law which catch members of the public unawares. One aspect which is widely unknown is what happens when you've made a Will and then you get married or get divorced.
With marriage it's simple - if you make a Will and then you subsequently get married, your Will is revoked and you have to make a new one. The only exception to this is a Will made in contemplation of marriage. This means that your Will has to state within it that it is made anticipating that you are going to get married to a particular named person. It doesn't need to say when you intend to marry them and if you die before you've got round to it, it will still be valid. However, it won't be valid if you've married someone else!
Some people who know about this assume that divorce also revokes your Will. That isn't correct. Your Will is read as if the spouse from whom you've been divorced has died before you. Otherwise it is valid. Let's say your Will says you leave everything to your husband but if he has died in your lifetime, it is divided equally between your children. If you have divorced your husband, that means your estate will pass to your children.
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