Elizabeth Petrakis claimed that her husband, Peter Petrakis, who controls $20 million in real estate, fraudulently induced her to sign a prenuptial agreement four days before the wedding.
Elizabeth said that Peter threatened to call off the wedding if she didn’t sign. Her dad had already paid $40,000 for a reception and she said she felt coerced into signing against her will.
She also told the court that Peter had promised he would tear up the prenup once they had children. They had three. Peter denied that he made any such promise.
The Brooklyn Appellate Court apparently did not believe Peter and they threw out the prenup. The divorce will proceed without it.
The lesson to be learned from this case is sign your prenup long before the wedding if you want it to hold up in court.