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    Nuptial agreements

    In matters of the heart it can pay to use your head, it’s not just celebrities, reality stars or Hollywood names who can benefit from a pre-nuptial agreement.

    If a relationship does take a turn for the worst, you’ll be glad you had a nuptial (pre-nuptial or post-nuptial) agreement in place to cover many of the practical aspects of your partnership.

    Although not yet legally binding in the UK, pre-nuptial agreements are beginning to add ‘decisive weight’ to many court cases here. Seeking legal advice to discuss the end of a relationship at its very beginning isn’t the most romantic gesture you can make, but if your wealth differs significantly from your partner’s, you own properties other than the family home, or you have children from a previous relationship, a pre-nuptial may be an advisable course of action. Think of it as a safety net, an insurance policy.

    Pre-Nuptial and Post-nuptial agreements are no longer just for the rich and famous! Our frequently asked questions are designed to give you more information on the process. However, your Family Law Solicitor will be happy to discuss any complex questions you have as we appreciate each case is unique.

    1. What is a pre-nuptial agreement?
    2. Why should I get a pre-nuptial agreement?
    3. What is the criteria that needs to be met to give the best possible chances of it being upheld, if needed, at the future date?
    4. What happens to the assets if a marriage with no pre-nuptial ends in divorce?
    5. What about if we have already married, can we still enter into one?

    Nuptial Agreements – you’re in this together

    Importantly a pre-nuptial agreement must be fair to both parties or a court will disregard it. You can’t simply impose a pre-nuptial agreement onto another party. Both must be prepared to enter into the agreement, and each take their own, independent legal advice.

    Before the Big Day

    A pre-nuptial agreement must be signed at least 28 days before the wedding, so to ensure we’ve addressed every last detail, please contact us at least three months before the Big Day. Don’t worry too much if you do miss the deadline, post-nuptial agreements are also becoming more common and it may not be too late to protect your assets.

    How will Steeles Law Family Team help me?

    Our family law team is specialist in all areas of Family Law, we appreciate that no two families are the same, so we treat every situation with care and understanding to really support you and give the best legal advice possible. If you would like to discuss entering into an Pre-Nuptial or Post-Nuptial agreement, or you need family legal advice, please contact Sally Harris or Sally Briggs in the Steeles Law family team who will be happy to help you via email using family@steeleslaw.co.uk or by calling 01603 598000.