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What is a pre-nuptial agreement?
A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract a couple enter into before getting married. Sometimes referred to as ‘pre-nup’, it details each partner's rights in regards to joint assets, including property, income, debts and inheritance, and how they’ll be divided up in the event of a marriage breakdown.
I’m getting married soon - should I make a pre-nuptial agreement?
This is completely up to you. While some people may view this type of agreement as unromantic, others consider it to be good planning and believe that it can play an important part in maintaining honest, open communication in a loving relationship. Unfortunately, marriages can and often do end, so entering into a pre-nuptial agreement could protect you and your partner from serious financial and emotional stress if the worst happened.
There are certain circumstances where it’s strongly advised that a pre-nuptial agreement is made. For example, if you’ve substantial assets and you want to make sure they’re protected if your marriage breaks down, this type of agreement might be ideal. A pre-nup may also be a good option if you’ve been previously married or part of a civil partnership and you own property that you want to keep separate, such as for your own children. It may also help if there is an international element to your marriage, such as if you and your partner are of different nationalities. In this instance, a pre-nup could offer you protection if financial awards were to be made against you in the courts of more than one country.
How much does it cost?
The cost of drawing up a pre-nuptial agreement can vary. The fee you pay will depend on how much work is involved in regards to the amount and nature of your assets. It can also depend on whether there are any children from previous marriages or civil partnerships involved.
At Slater and Gordon, we offer both fixed fee and flexible pricing on pre-nuptial agreements. To find out how much you could expect to pay for your pre-nup, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts.
When should I enter into a pre-nuptial agreement?
Ideally, the agreement should be entered into at least 21 days before the marriage or registration of your civil partnership. If you enter the pre-nup immediately before the marriage, the court may be concerned that either you or your partner has pressured the other to agree to it.
Are pre-nuptial agreements legally binding?
It’s important to note that pre-nuptial agreements are not legally binding in the UK. However, these days, the courts carefully consider this type of agreement. Generally, in the event that both partners entered the agreement voluntarily with the knowledge of its implications, the agreement is fair and there was no pressure involved, it’s likely the court will uphold it.
What’s the difference between a pre-nuptial agreement and a post-nuptial agreement?
Sometimes referred to as a ‘post-nup’, a post-nuptial agreement is made after marriage, while a couple are still living together. It allows them to plan financially should the marriage breakdown in the future. Those in a civil partnership can arrange a post-partnership agreement.
The rules relating to pre-nuptial agreements apply to post-nuptial agreements - the only difference being that a post-nup is made after marriage, while a pre-nup is arranged beforehand.
How do I make a pre-nuptial agreement?
If you and your partner are interested in making a pre-nuptial agreement, you can start by getting in touch with Slater and Gordon Lawyers. We’ve one of the largest teams of family lawyers in the UK, meaning we’re perfectly placed to assist you in creating this type of contract. Regardless of your personal circumstances, we’ll work with you to ensure your document is fair and protects your interests in the event your relationship ends in divorce or separation.
For more information, you can download our free legal advice guide to pre-nup and post-nup agreements (PDF document).
Why choose Slater and Gordon?
At Slater and Gordon Lawyers, we can help take the stress out of making a pre-nuptial agreement. We appreciate that if you’re getting married, it’s likely that you intend to remain with your partner for the rest of your life. However, this is sadly not always the case for couples, and you never know what might happen down the line. By entering a pre-nup, you and your partner can have the peace of mind that if your relationship doesn’t work out, you can avoid a complicated split.
Our highly trained family lawyers are on hand to assist you in creating this document, providing you with the expert advice you need every step of the way. We understand that drafting this type of document can be a sensitive subject. With this in mind, we take the time to get to know you and your partner to fully understand your circumstances and concerns. Our solicitors are professional yet friendly in their approach, and you can trust us to handle your information with complete confidentiality at all times.
When it comes to planning a wedding, we appreciate that there can be a lot to organise, and the last thing you’ll want is to become tied up in a mountain of paperwork ahead of your special day. The good news is, at Slater and Gordon, we make arranging a pre-nup agreement easy from start to finish, meaning you can carry on with your wedding plans.
Aside from pre-nuptial agreements, we offer post-nuptial agreements too. So, even if you’ve already walked down the aisle, we can help you and your spouse create a contract that could potentially save you a whole lot of hassle if your relationship doesn’t last.
To discuss your needs in more detail, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on freephone 0808 175 8000. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can contact us online and we’ll call you back at a convenient time.
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