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Prenuptial agreements: What are they and when are they useful?

Prenuptial agreements, or prenups, are a legal agreement between two people who are planning to get married.

They set out how their assets will be divided in the event of a divorce or separation.

Prenups are becoming increasingly popular as more people recognise the benefits of having a clear agreement in place before they tie the knot.

What are the benefits of a prenuptial agreement?

A prenup can give you peace of mind.

No one wants to think about the possibility of divorce, but the reality is that almost half of all marriages end in separation.

By having a prenup, you can clarify the financial arrangements for both parties in the event of a divorce.

This can reduce stress and anxiety and help you both to focus on building a happy and successful marriage.

While prenups are not legally binding, most judges will take pre-existing agreements included in a prenup into account during divorce proceedings and financial settlements.

A prenup can protect your assets

If you or your partner have significant assets, a prenup can help to ensure that these are protected in the event of a divorce.

This can be particularly important if you have children from a previous relationship, as it can help to safeguard their inheritance.

Saves you time and money

If you do end up getting divorced, having a prenup can make the process quicker and less expensive.

This is because the financial arrangements have already been agreed upon, so there is less to argue about in court.

How do you go about getting a prenuptial agreement

As mentioned, It’s important to understand that prenups are not legally binding in the UK.

This means that a court can overrule a prenup if it is deemed to be unfair.

However, if the prenup is fair and reasonable, it is likely to be taken into account by a court.

To ensure that your prenup is as strong as possible, it’s important to seek legal advice.

One of our solicitors can help you to draft a prenup that is tailored to your specific circumstances.

They can also advise you on the legal implications of the prenup and ensure that it is as watertight as possible.

It’s also important to have an open and honest conversation with your partner about the prenup.

This can be a difficult conversation to have, but it’s important that you both understand what you are agreeing to.

It’s also a good idea to get the prenup in place well in advance of the wedding, to avoid any last-minute stress or arguments.

A prenuptial agreement can be a valuable tool for protecting your assets and giving you peace of mind.

If you are considering a prenup, we can help.

Get in touch with us for more advice on this.

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