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Prenuptial Agreements

Our prenuptial agreement solicitors help you set out what should happen in relation to your finances if your relationship breaks down.

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Prenuptial Agreements

Sadly around 50% of marriages and civil partnerships now end in divorce. Our prenuptial solicitors, based in Newton Abbot and Tiverton, help you plan for this scenario just in case.

What is a Prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is a document which sets out what you and your future spouse or civil partner agree should happen in relation to your finances if your relationship breaks down and you separate.

Prenuptial agreements can provide a means of protecting pre-marriage assets, inheritance, and existing family commitments, such as children from a previous marriage. Legally, once married or in a civil partnership, most of these assets will become matrimonial assets and, unless specifically protected, are thrown into a single financial pot. Anyone contemplating marriage/civil partnership should consider whether they need to protect their finances. Prenuptial Agreements are particularly popular amongst the wealthy who seek to protect their existing wealth and amongst those who already have children and wish to protect their future inheritance.

Are Prenuptial agreements binding?

You should know at the outset that although they are now much more common, prenuptial agreements are not yet strictly legally binding. However, the courts do take them into consideration, providing that there have been no significant events such as the birth of children or serious illness, and they meet the following criteria:

  • Each of you has had independent legal advice
  • Both of you have made full and frank disclosure of your financial position to each other
  • There has been no pressure on either of you to enter into the prenuptial agreement. Therefore generally you need to enter into the agreement at least 21 days before your marriage or civil partnership

In the event of your subsequent divorce, the court must consider all the circumstances of the case and decide on what is a fair outcome. So although it is up to the court’s discretion to take the agreement into account, our experience shows that prenuptial agreements are becoming much more relevant to the decisions made. At very least a prenuptial agreement acts as a starting point, particularly if the circumstances haven’t changed dramatically, or if the marriage/civil partnership is short. A Prenuptial agreement is therefore far preferable to having no agreement at all.

How do I obtain a prenuptial agreement?

At Beyond Legal we offer a fixed fee prenuptial agreement service from our offices in Newton Abbot and Tiverton. Talk to our prenuptial agreement solicitors today.

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Find out more about prenuptial agreements and other legal concerns surrounding your marriage by contacting our team in Newton Abbot and Tiverton today.