Pre-nuptial & Post-nuptial Agreements

10 April 2017

Present and future laws on prenuptial agreements – will they or won’t they stand up in court?

The debate on prenuptial agreements continues in earnest although the government shows no sign of addressing the complexities and pitfalls in relation to their enforceability. During his address to the University of Bristol Law Club on 22 March 2017, Supreme Court Justice Lord Wilson of Culworth raised the topic of prenups once again, suggesting that the current state of affairs may be inappropriately intrusive and in need of government review. While we await further legislative clarification on the position of prenups, Colleen sets out in this blog a reminder about their current status under English law.

Colleen Hall (née Nwaodor)

13 December 2016

Comparing family law in Australia v England and Wales – a world apart in more ways than one

While visiting Australia, I had the opportunity of going to the Family Court of Australia in Sydney and discussing the differences between family law in Australia and England with lawyers David Barry, Suzanne Pigdon and Rosemary Norgate. While some of the themes and terminology were familiar, there are some fundamental differences from which I think we could learn a thing or two. 

Connie Atkinson

17 May 2016

10 point guide to prenuptial agreements

For those who have current or future wealth to protect or who are marrying for the second or third time perhaps, arranging a prenuptial agreement could be an essential part of the “wedmin” leading up to the big day. 

15 October 2015

The principles of honesty and transparency prevail in divorce proceedings in England and Wales

There has been much attention this week on the Supreme Court decisions involving the cases of Mrs Sharland and Mrs Gohil. Both were allowed to challenge their original divorce orders having each proved that their ex-husbands were dishonest at the time they agreed their financial settlements and despite the Court of Appeal ruling that the original agreements should stand.

Charlotte Bradley

24 July 2015

Pre-nups and divorce - disclosing too much or too little?

As family solicitors, we invest time in carefully explaining to our clients the importance of clear, full and frank disclosure. But what we typically have in mind are those people who think they can hide from the Court’s (or, more precisely, their spouse’s) prying eyes in divorce proceedings that secret bank balance saved for a rainy day, an offshore fund they think will be impossible to track, or the beneficial ownership of a company hidden behind a corporate structure.

Hannah Muress

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