When people are planning to marry, or form a civil partnership, they may decide to enter into a legally binding contract which illustrates their intentions of what will happen to money, property, pensions and other assets if their marriage or civil partnership were to end. This is known as a pre-nuptial agreement.
Some may choose to regulate the terms of their marriage or civil partnership after the event of their marriage, which is known as a post nuptial agreement.
On the premise that a nuptial agreement is drafted correctly and the recommendations and how the document is to be drafted are adhered to as recognised by the Court, it is likely that such an agreement will be represented and followed by the Court when considering the distribution of financial assets upon divorce, unless the effect of the agreement would be unfair on either or both parties.
Preferably, a pre-nuptial agreement needs to be prepared and signed by both parties in advance of the wedding. This must be at least 21 days before hand.
Thursfields’ family law lawyers can provide you with information and expert advice about nuptial agreements.
We are able to produce and offer advice on agreements which adhere to the recommended guidelines. We have prepared a number of pre and post nuptial agreements for couples who have multiple properties and large assets. We work with our clients to protect what is important to them.