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Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

It is common for couples to want to protect their assets in the case of any future breakdown of a marriage. These types of agreements are not legally binding in the current law, but the Courts are increasingly considering the contents of such agreements - so long as they are fair, with both parties having legal advice and with full financial disclosure. There are different types of agreements that can arise: prenuptial (entered before marriage or civil partnership), postnuptial (entered after marriage or civil partnership) and separation agreements (See: Separation Agreements section). We advise you to contact our team of experts to discuss which agreement may be useful to you.
These types of agreements can influence any future financial proceedings, so long as they are entered into properly. Our experts can assist you to prepare such agreements and tailor them to your circumstances.
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It may not feel ‘right’ to consider the end of the marriage before or during the actual marriage. However, more and more people are now turning to such agreements to reduce disputes, costs and stress – should the marriage breakdown. It is important to remember that the Court has overriding discretion in terms of financial matters and when considering the many aspects, they will also consider the existence of appropriately prepared agreements. Please contact us and we shall provide you further information tailored to your circumstances.
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All the advice you need on pre- and post-nuptial agreements

If you’re considering a pre- or post-nuptial agreement, you don’t have to deal with the legal complexities and negotiations on your own. We’ll support you through the entire process, and make it easy to understand your responsibilities.


Protect your relationship and your interests

It may feel rather bizarre and unromantic to be thinking about the end of a marriage – especially before your wedding day. Yet it’s increasingly common to put in place a pre- or post-nuptial agreement. Not only can couples protect their assets if the marriage does break down, but it also prevents stress and potential disagreements throughout the relationship. 

However, it does involve having serious conversations now. Our experienced team will guide you through the process, easing you into these discussions while taking care of the paperwork for you. We’ll support you in negotiating the terms of the agreement and put together all the necessary documentation on your behalf. 

While it might not be pleasant to think of the worst-case scenario, it will give you peace of mind when moving forward with your marriage. Our legal team will protect your long-term interests and provide you with complete clarity.


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If you’re considering a post- or pre-nuptial agreement, then it’s better to do it sooner rather than later. With our support, you’ll get the best outcome in any eventuality, so you can put any concerns to rest. 

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What goes in the agreement is up to you. But to make sure you’ve considered it from all angles, it pays to seek out legal advice. You might also want to revisit your agreement later down the line when either your needs or the law changes.

Just some of the reasons why you may want to put terms in place include:

  • To provide clarity around financial rearrangements and the division of assets following either a potential separation or the end of a marriage or civil partnership.
  • To set out what happens to property if one partner dies.
  • To protect the inheritance of children from a previous relationship.
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  • To financially safeguard yourself if you suspect that your spouse wouldn’t react well to a prospective divorce.

We recommend you take the following steps before entering into an agreement, and that you finalise terms at least four weeks before the marriage for pre-nuptial agreements:

  • Full financial disclosure between you and your partner.
  • Independent legal advice for both parties.
  • A provision for review at specific points in the future, for instance after a set period of time or in the event of the birth or adoption of a child.

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Why Optimal Solicitors 

We know that dealing with both the logical and emotional side of pre- and post-nuptial agreements is difficult. You want to get through the process as quickly as possible – and that’s why we work with speed.

Plus, you can be assured that your specific needs are being looked after. We have a fully tailored approach, offering various language capabilities and a network of specialists if you require them.

 

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements are a sensitive subject, which is why we offer a free consultation so you don’t have to pay for guidance upfront. We believe that you shouldn’t need to pay expensive legal fees in order to feel assured in your marriage. 
Our years of experience mean that we know exactly what we’re talking about when it comes to nuptial agreements. If you need help with any other aspects of family law, we can support you here too – from child arrangements to financial settlements.
We offer a fully personalised service. The process really is made to suit you – we can travel to your home or preferred place of meeting, or discuss your needs over the phone, video call, or email. And, if you need an interpreter, we can provide one.

FAQs

While it’s not a necessity, we believe that independent legal advice for pre- or post-nuptial agreements should be sought. Otherwise, you may end up signing something that you don’t know the full implications of. A solicitor will be able to assess the situation, provide clarity, and make sure that the agreement is favourable for you too. They can also provide support if you require a divorce lawyer for existing pre- or post-nuptial agreements.
A post-nuptial agreement gives you extra protection. In some instances, like if the pre-nup was only signed the day before your wedding, it reaffirms the terms. Post-nups can also be beneficial if there’s been a change since entering the pre-nup, like an unexpected inheritance.
Technically, pre-nup agreements are not legally binding, though they are often watertight. They can be challenged in some situations, such as if there was undue pressure to sign, a breach of contract, or unreasonable restrictions.
No, but this doesn’t mean that they’re not worth having. If a couple gets divorced, the court will generally take the agreement into consideration, even though it’s not compulsory to.

These types of agreement typically cover:

  • Assets and belongings
  • Debts (this includes settling outstanding debts)
  • Any expected inheritances
  • Any future income, including property
  • Property
  • Wills
  • Maintenance to be paid
  • Insurance coverage

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We’ll make sure that your needs are put first in your pre- or post-nuptial agreement. Get in touch today for a free consultation, and find out how we can support you.

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