Pre-nuptial Agreements

Pre-nuptial Agreements

Couples taking a pragmatic approach to marriage or civil partnership may sign pre-nuptial agreements so that each partner’s intended interests are served should the relationship breakdown. The agreement, also known as a pre-marital agreement, is similar in nature to an insurance policy, a precaution in the event that something goes wrong, drawn up in co-operation.

We can help put together a pre-nuptial agreement that protects you and your partner from financial loss in the event of divorce. Whilst these agreements are not legally binding, they are increasingly enforced in courts in England and Wales, although it is important that they are drawn up correctly to maximise their force.

What should be included in a pre-nuptial agreement?

Pre-nuptial agreements can be of great value to couples seeking to regulate their affairs and our team will be happy to advise you and to prepare an agreement to suit your circumstances. Your future spouse should be represented separately. Matters will be dealt with co-operatively whilst ensuring your best interests are protected. Discussion will include:
  • Division of all property and assets
  • Ownership of bank accounts
  • Division of money, shares, loans or debts
  • Payment of maintenance (where applicable) and for how long

Best practice for a pre-nuptial agreement

It is recommended that each party takes independent legal advice and that full financial disclosure for each partner is outlined in the agreement. The pre-nuptial agreement should ideally be completed as early as possible before a wedding, but can be completed as late as 28 days beforehand if necessary.

Antony Clapp and his team can advise you on the suitability of a pre-nuptial agreement in your individual circumstances and can tailor its contents to suit you and to maximise its benefit.
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