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Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Arguably seen as once the preserve of the rich and famous, Pre-nuptial Agreements or “Pre-Nups” as they are often referred to are becoming increasingly common, particularly in the context of people getting married or entering into civil partnerships later in life when they have already accrued a significant ‘pot’ of assets, or entering in to a second marriage after divorce.

A Pre-Nuptial Agreement is an agreement that a couple might sign before getting married or entering into a civil partnership. Its main purpose is to set out the basis on which the couple will divide assets if the marriage or civil partnership ends. A pre-nuptial agreement means you can ensure the protection of your inheritance and any property.

Some reasons you may want to consider a pre-nuptial agreement are if -

  • Some of your belongings  would be hard to split 50/50, or you don’t think in the event of divorce that it would be fair to split any assets equally
  • You or your partner have children from a previous relationship and you want to ensure their inheritance is protected
  • If your partner is in debt, a pre-nuptial agreement could protect you from being liable to pay that debt if your marriage breaks down.
  • You want to protect inherited money or assets
  • Your or your partner owns a business and would like to stay in control of it

It is important that the agreement is fair in relation to the division of possessions as the court can disregard the agreement if it is unfair. Fieldings Porter can assist you in creating a pre-nuptial agreement that is fair and protects your belongings.  

  • Judicial separation 
  • Child arrangements
  • Financial arrangements from divorce or separation 
  • Separation agreements
  • Property disputes following relationship breakdown 
  • Car e proceedings 
  • Guardian work 
  • Private law children 
  • Divorce and finances 
  • Social services and local authority involvement with children 
  • Domestic abuse – harassment, injunctions, non- molestation

What are our fees?

This depends on the complexity of the respective parties’ financial circumstances and whether or not the content of the agreement is agreed prior to instructing solicitors. We therefore offer a bespoke level of service where we charge clients at an hourly rate for the work that we do for them in relation to this area of law.

It may be possible, in some circumstances, to agree a fixed fee. For more information on our fees, please click here or contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

We also appreciate that thinking about what steps you should be taking is a daunting prospect with many people, understandably, not knowing where to start. With this in mind we offer a consultation of up to an hour with one of our solicitors which, is followed up by a written letter of advice for £200 plus VAT.

If you want any further advice about Pre-Nuptial Agreements then please do not hesitate to contact us.