Prenuptial Agreements

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Prenuptial Agreement Solicitors

Planning a wedding or entering into a civil partnership is a joyous occasion, but it’s also wise to consider how finances would be handled if the relationship ends. A prenuptial agreement, also known as a premarital agreement, can provide clarity and security for both partners. Our Prenuptial Agreement Solicitors in London help our clients through the process, while ensuring both parties understand their rights and obligations.

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement (prenup) is a written contract created before marriage or civil partnership that can provide clarity and security for both partners by outlining how assets and debts will be divided in the event of a divorce or dissolution of the civil partnership.

How can we help?

GN Law understands that prenups are not for everyone. However, we believe it’s important to have open discussions about finances with your partner. Our experienced solicitors can guide you through the prenuptial agreement process and ensure both parties have a clear understanding of their rights and obligations.

  • Understand your individual circumstances
  • Draft a tailored prenuptial agreement
  • Ensure both parties understand their rights and obligations
  • Facilitate open communication about finances

Key Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

  • Protecting Premarital Assets: A prenup can safeguard assets you owned before the marriage, such as inheritances, family businesses, or investments. This can be especially important for someone marrying for a second time who wants to ensure these assets remain separate and are potentially passed on to children from the first marriage.
  • Financial Clarity: A prenup clearly outlines how assets acquired during the marriage or civil partnership will be divided when the relationship ends. This can prevent confusion and potential conflict down the line, especially if the couple has significant income disparities or complex financial situations.
  • Reduced Legal Expenses: By establishing a clear financial roadmap beforehand, a prenup can help avoid lengthy and expensive court battles over asset division during a divorce or separation.

Important Considerations for Prenuptial Agreements

It’s important to note that prenups are not legally binding in England and Wales. However, the landmark case of Radmacher v Granatino (2010) set a precedent where judges are more likely to uphold prenups if certain criteria are met.

Key Requirements for a Valid Prenuptial Agreement

There are important requirements to ensure that the agreement has the best chance of being upheld by the court:

  • Full Financial Disclosure: Both partners must disclose all assets and liabilities honestly.
  • Independent Legal Advice: Each partner should seek independent legal counsel to review the agreement.
  • Voluntary Agreement: The agreement must be signed freely without pressure or coercion from either party.
  • Fairness when Signing: The agreement should be fair and equitable to both parties at the time of signing.
  • Timing: The agreement is signed 28 days in advance of the marriage

Building a Secure Future Together

While prenuptial agreements are a practical tool, we understand they can also raise emotional concerns. At GN Law, our compassionate and experienced Prenuptial Agreement Team is here to guide you through the process with sensitivity and understanding.

We take a comprehensive approach, collaborating with family law specialists (including those with expertise in divorce settlements) and wills and trusts professionals, if needed. This ensures your prenuptial agreement addresses your unique circumstances and aligns with your long-term goals.

If you’re considering a prenuptial agreement, we can help by discussing your specific situation and answering any questions you may have. If you would like more information and advice, please contact our Prenuptial Agreement Team on 020 8492 2290 or simply email us at sols@gnlaw.co.uk.

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