Pre & Post-Nuptial Agreements
In many countries, pre-nuptial agreements are commonly used to manage what happens to a couple’s assets and property if they divorce.
In England and Wales, however, they’ve not historically been as popular. But the situation is changing. With the increasing number of second marriages and international marriages, pre- and post-nuptial agreements are increasingly popular.
Although these agreements are not fully legally binding to the extent that they block a future financial application by the partner to the marriage, the courts have shown that they are much more willing to enforce and uphold a valid nuptial agreement that has been appropriately agreed by both spouses.
If you or your partner is interested in a pre-nuptial or pre-civil partnership agreement, you should take legal advice early – a few months before you plan to have your marriage or civil partnership ceremony if possible.
If that’s not possible, you can still enter into a post-nuptial or post-civil partnership agreement after the ceremony, and it’s likely that it would be treated by the courts in much the same way as a pre-nuptial/civil partnership agreement.
Our specialist family solicitors in Chester and Shrewsbury have particular expertise in drafting these agreements, including agreements with an international element. We also have strong links with lawyers abroad and can help you protect your interests in more than one country (with ‘mirror’ agreements).
Partner & Head of Family Law
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