Getting Married

Getting married is an exciting time.  Caught up in planning for the big day, couples often don’t consider how their legal obligations to each other will change when they get married. 

Increasingly, our clients are looking to prepare agreements to give them more certainty about their financial rights and obligations if the marriage breaks down.

If you are planning to marry (or enter a civil partnership) you may want to consider protecting assets or determining the financial terms of separation in case your relationship breaks down by entering into a prenuptial or pre civil partnership agreement. The agreement can also tackle financial, tax and succession planning.

If you are already married, you may want to consider entering into a post nuptial agreement to regulate the financial terms of any separation.  This step may be particularly important to couples who are moving to or out of the UK and want to link the outcome of any divorce to the laws of their country of origin. 

We are highly experienced in drafting, negotiating and advising on pre and post nuptial agreements. We give clear and efficient advice on the law, but we are sensitive to the emotional difficulties associated with the process. 

We act for a wide spectrum of people including entrepreneurs wishing to protect their business interests, families wishing to protect inherited wealth, those marrying wealthy individuals and couples who have international connections.

Drawing on our experience, we have answered some frequently asked questions to assist you. 

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If you require further information or advice from our team of specialist family lawyers, please contact a member of our team or call us on +44 (0)20 7814 1200.

Services

Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements are increasingly being upheld by the Courts and it is essential that you sign up expecting to be bound by it. If you are being asked to sign an agreement, you will need to understand the rights you are giving up by entering into it.

Postnuptial Agreements

Many couples also choose to have a postnuptial agreement when they are relocating to the UK and at least one out of the couple want to protect their assets in the event of a future English divorce. We regularly advise clients in relation to postnuptial agreements, whether freestanding or following a prenuptial agreement or foreign marriage contract.

Pre Civil Partnership Agreements

Civil partnerships for gay couples came into force in 2005 and since then, we have prepared a high number of pre-civil partnership agreements ("pre-cips") on behalf of clients.

International Prenuptial Agreements

We have wide experience of drafting prenuptial agreements (and postnuptial agreements) for a range of international clients including international families, expatriate professionals, celebrities, high net worth entrepreneurs and individuals all of whom have foreign connections.

Prenuptial Agreements - Frequently Asked Questions

Drawing on our experience, we have answered some frequently asked questions around prenuptial agreements.

Reconciliation Contracts

A reconciliation contract is a form of post-nuptial agreement which can allow couples to put their marriage back on track whilst at the same time prescribing in advance the terms of a split if the reconciliation fails.

Cohabitants and Unmarried Families

The impact of separation on the ownership of property and other assets is a complex area of law. Our family and property litigation lawyers are highly experienced in relation to property disputes between unmarried couples.

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