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Pre-Nuptial & Post-Nuptial Agreements

Pre-nuptial agreements pre-nup (or pre-civil partnership agreements) are becoming a more common feature of marriages in the UK. However, there are a number requirements in law to be complied with if you want to ensure that your pre-nup will be effective.

It is important to note that while Pre-nuptial agreements are not legally binding or enforceable in the UK, they are often taken into account so long as they meet a rigorous criteria: including both parties obtaining independent legal advice, the provision of financial disclosure and that the document needs to be finalised no later than 28 days prior to a marriage.

To be sure that you get the guidance and expert drafting you need, speak to one of our family law solicitors about a pre-nup as early as possible.

A post-nuptial agreement (or post-civil partnership agreement) is similar to a pre-nup but is entered into after the marriage. If you are married but think you should have considered a pre-nup, we can assist with a post-nuptial agreement.

Cohabitation Agreements

Many couples in the UK now live together outside of a marriage or civil partnership. If you want to set down your legal rights in certain areas of your relationship with your partner, we recommend that you draw up a cohabitation agreement from the outset which outlines the rights and obligations of each partner towards each other. Cohabitation agreements can deal with a range of issues including:

  • shared responsibility for your children
  • ownership of property which you live in
  • ownership of jointly owned possessions

Entering into a cohabitation agreement can avoid costly disputes if the relationship does unfortunately break down. A cohabitation agreement must be carefully drafted by a specialist solicitor to ensure that it will be effective if the relationship does break down and our expert family law team can guide you through this process.

 

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