Pre-nuptial Agreements

When a couple become engaged, they may consider entering into a pre-nuptial agreement, or pre nups as they are sometimes referred to as, which sets out the family or financial arrangements in the event of the marriage breaking down.

Pre-nuptial agreements are contracts between two parties that contain specific terms that will apply in the event of a divorce. A pre-nuptial agreement might be used effectively to protect certain assets such as financial, property and inheritance. You may also want a pre-nuptial agreement put in place to protect assets you intended to earmark for your children or other dependents.

Under English law, pre-nuptial agreements are not automatically enforceable. However, there have been circumstances where a pre-nuptial agreement has been upheld due to the validity of the agreement. You can still enter into a post-nuptial or post-civil partnership agreement after the ceremony and the indications from case law and the Law Commission report are that these will be treated in much the same way as agreements entered into prior to the marriage or civil partnership.

Our solicitors have particular expertise at drafting agreements, including where there is an international element. We can draft pre and post-nuptial agreements to maximise the protection of your assets and to best express your wishes and intentions for your children and family with greater certainty.

Contact us in Bedford and London to speak to one of our lawyers who will deal with drafting your pre-nuptial agreement in a sensitive and non-confrontational manner.