Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements

Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements

It tends to be the case that people embarking on new relationships do not plan for the future. Disagreements can arise over how money and property is to be distributed if a relationship breaks down. A way to resolve this issue is to enter into a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement.

A pre-nuptial agreement is entered into and discussed prior to marriage. It sets out how property and finance will be distributed in the event that the relationship ends in divorce.

A post-nuptial agreement is similar but instead it is entered into after the parties are married. These type of agreements are usually entered into where one or both of the parties to the marriage have significant assets.

In the event of the marriage ending in a divorce, these type of agreements are not binding in court upon divorce/dissolution proceedings being issued. However, recently more emphasis has been placed upon them by the Judges hearing such cases.

A carefully drafted agreement can be influential as it can be used as evidence in potential court proceedings as to the intention of the couple in how their property is to be divided.

It is advised that any agreement is revisited and altered throughout the marriage or civil partnership whenever a significant life event happens, such as the birth of a child. This will ensure that the agreement is kept up to date and it will consequently be looked upon more favourably by the courts in the event of a divorce.

We can advise and assist in the drafting and revising of such agreements to protect your property and money. We can also provide independent legal advice in relation to an agreement drafted by your partner.

Why use a solicitor?

  • Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements require careful drafting.
  • A solicitor will ensure they are drafted correctly and to the required standard.
  • A solicitor will be able to represent you in court if need be.

Why Watson Woodhouse?

  • Our specialist solicitors have a vast amount of experience in drafting pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
  • We will treat your case with sensitivity, compassion and respect.
  • We will keep you updated on the progress of your agreement.
  • We will listen to your wishes and seek to ensure they are reflected accurately in the agreement.

We are here to help

If you wish to discuss your options before entering into marriage or a civil partnership, contact our specialist family law department who can advise you on your situation.

Call us for a free and confidential consultation with a specialist solicitor today on 01642 247656 or on our 24/7 Emergency Helpline 01642 917175

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