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Prenuptial Agreements

What is a prenuptial agreement?

With over 50% of marriages ending in divorce, a pre-nuptial agreement is similar to an insurance policy which hopefully you’ll never have to use.

Our experienced and knowledgeable family solicitors can help you and your partner formulate a prenuptial agreement which you can use to protect yourself and your assets should your relationship irretrievably break down.

This formal agreement is becoming more and more popular, especially with wealthy individuals and those who are marrying for the second or third time.

In most cases prenuptial agreements will be enforced by the courts if a marriage breaks down, however, it is vital to ensure your agreement is formulated under legitimate circumstances as a judge is able to overturn any decisions if they believe the agreement was made under duress, is unfair or was not entered into freely and with full understanding of implications.

Prenuptials can help to protect:

  • Finances and assets acquired before the relationships began.
  • Property which is a separate income.
  • Financial security for children from a previous relationship.
  • Time and money should the relationship break down.
  • Lengthy court battles; as everything has already been divided equally.
  • It can also be adapted to changes in circumstances over time (i.e., children, finances etc.).

Although the courts are within their rights to amend any prenuptial agreement, one that is entered into properly and under the guidance of a solicitor will hold more weight in the courtrooms and will be used as a guideline to you and your partner’s wishes at the very least.

It is also possible to enter into a post-nuptial agreement, but it is always advised by legal professionals to enter into an agreement well ahead of the wedding, so as to not appear rushed or cajoled into a decision should it need to be used in court.

Ramsdens Solicitors can help with all aspects of marriage and separation law. Contact us today to discuss prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, civil partnership agreements or any other aspect of marriage with our family law team.

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