Pre-nuptial & post-nuptial agreements

Not every marriage or relationship will last forever, and an agreement that acknowledges this can save a lot of heartache.

Is a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement right for me?

A pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement can help you avoid problems (and a lot of arguments!) if your marriage or civil partnership breaks down.

An agreement helps you plan for the future. Of course, nobody expects to get divorced or separated - but taking the time to think about what would happen if you did can save you both a lot of heartache.

As a couple, you're used to thinking about the future - and what you'd do in difficult situations. For example, what you'll do if one of you dies suddenly or if one of you loses your job. Most couples have a plan if this happens. Although we hope never to be in that situation, it's often useful to be prepared. A pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement (also called pre-marital or post-marital agreement) is a formal way of dealing with what would happen if the relationship broke down.

What the agreement covers

These agreements can form the basis of a final resolution to a divorce or separation. For example, they can set out detailed arrangements for a couple’s children and specify how the finances and properties are to be addressed. You can set up an agreement either before (pre-nuptial) or after (post-nuptial) you are married or enter into civil partnership. Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements are particularly useful if you need to protect assets you owned before your relationship started.

Options for unmarried couples

If you are cohabiting – that is, living together – you can set up a cohabitation agreement before you move in together or as your relationship develops. If you co-own a property but don’t want to have a cohabitation agreement, you should still formally agree the ownership terms. To do this you will need an express declaration of trust. We'll help you choose the right approach, and fully understand all the potential consequences.

How we can help you

Because these agreements are complex legal documents, they should always be prepared by an expert in family law. This will help to avoid any challenges at a later stage. Here at Tees we have in-depth experience of such agreements and their many complexities. We can guide you on the relative strengths of each agreement, and advise you on the weight a court might give to them in differing circumstances.

We look closely at your very individual needs and interests, and then draft a bespoke document based on those details. We write the document with enormous care so that it will be thorough and precise. And with such a robust agreement behind you, you can be sure that you will have all the support and protection you need should your relationship ever break down.

What to do next

If you want to find out more, give us a call. A dedicated family law solicitor will outline your options and tell you how we can help.

Come in and see us for a FREE 30 minute face-to-face consultation about your options. Alternatively, if you want us to take a closer look at your situation, for a fixed fee of £150 + VAT, we can talk with you for up to 90 minutes.

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