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Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Getting married is an exciting time, but often couples do not consider how their legal responsibilities to each other will affect them when they get married. Our specialist Pre-Nuptial Agreement lawyers are highly experienced and are on hand to advise and assist in protecting your assets before getting married.

People are increasingly seeking to prepare agreements to give them assurances about their financial rights and responsibilities when entering into a civil partnership or marriage.

Also known as a ‘Prenup’, this type of agreement has become increasingly popular in recent years.

It is a process and document outlining assets and financial plans before the marriage is commenced. This seeks to help lessen any confliction if the marriage or civil partnership breaks down.

Our experienced prenuptial solicitors provide clear and practical legal advice and assistance to ensure your rights are protected.

Why Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements are a formal agreement drawn up between two partners before marriage, giving both sides peace of mind and security.

It establishes ownership of all your belongings (including money, assets and property) and explains how it will be distributed in the event of the breakdown of the marriage.

Prenuptial agreements are seen by some people to be distrustful, however, others maintain that a prenup can avoid time, expense and hostility.

The reasons people want prenuptial advice include:

  • Couples who have international connections
  • Families wanting to protect inherited wealth
  • Individuals marrying wealthy partners
  • To avoid uncertainty and arguments over finances if your relationship ends
  • To protect yourself from being liable for any debts your partner has
  • To ensure you retain control of a business

One analogy is that you wouldn’t buy a house without insuring it, so why would you get married without protecting what’s rightfully yours?

Are Pre-nuptial Agreements Binding in Law?

As the law currently stands in England and Wales, prenuptial agreements are not automatically legally binding but recent case law points towards this changing in the future. If however it is done properly, prenuptial agreements should be upheld in the future and can be used to help protect wealth and assets, or simply to provide the couple with certainty about what would happen if their relationship was to break down.

Now, more than ever, prenuptial agreements are having weight attached to them and proving influence in court. Prenuptials can be highly persuaive to the Court by settling out clear intentions of what the parties intended for their finances in the event of separation.

For the agreement to be given more support in court, it is good practice to have signed the agreement with enough time before your wedding day, however the minimum is at least 28 days before. Further to this, if the terms of the agreement are reasonable, allows for future changed and if it is accurately drafted by a family lawyer with both parties receiving independent legal advice, the agreement may be given more consideration at court.

What Should a Prenuptial Agreement Cover?

A prenuptial agreement should cover the following:

  • The exact division of assets (savings, shares, pension)
  • Living and property arrangements
  • Maintenance payments (bills and living expenses)
  • Child support maintenance payments (if applicable)
  • Arrangements regarding business-related investments

We can help you prepare a prenuptial agreement specific to your needs.

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Why Choose Us?

Our specialist Family solicitors will guide you through the process step by step. They will take discuss the merits of your case and present you with options on how to proceed.
Our solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with all types of Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial matters.

How to Get in Contact

Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at info@dvsolicitors.com for further information and advice about our services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.
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