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When you get married to a partner, your financial and legal relationship changes somewhat, and so it can be wise to take steps to protect your interests and assets. Our expert solicitors at Gepp can assist you in creating a prenuptial agreement, allowing you to secure your future.

This legal document allows you to determine which assets are owned by each individual, and how finances and property would be divided if you were to, unfortunately, get divorced or in the future. If you are entering into a civil partnership, we can assist you with a pre-partnership agreement, which essentially works in the same way as a prenuptial agreement.

Our family law solicitors can offer legal support in various ways, such as:

  • Prenuptial agreement legal advice, including a prenup that your partner has requested that you sign
  • Drafting a prenuptial agreement, ensuring that the terms best reflect your needs and that the agreement will later hold up in Court
  • Prenuptial agreements during divorce, and assisting you when you need to rely on a prenup as part of a divorce settlement
  • Pre-partnership agreements, including drafting the agreement, legal advice, and support when referencing the agreement during civil partnership dissolution

Consult our prenuptial agreement solicitors

For support to draft a prenuptial agreement, or a pre-partnership agreement, please contact our local Gepp Solicitors office in Chelmsford.

Have a quick question or want to request a call back? Use our simple online enquiry form.

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Prenuptial agreement legal advice

Our expert family law solicitors can offer prenuptial agreement legal advice, specifically tailored to your circumstances and requirements.

Before entering into a prenuptial agreement, also known as a prenup, it is important to seek legal advice. Doing so is essential to ensure that you understand the agreement and that the specific terms are suitable for your situation.

We can provide general advice on the use of prenuptial agreements and how these work, as well as offer specific advice on a prenup that your partner would like you to sign.

Drafting a prenup

If you are certain that a prenuptial agreement is suitable for your circumstances, our solicitors can assist you in drafting your agreement. Our specialist team at Gepp can provide advice on your rights, as well as those of your partner, helping you to create a bespoke agreement that suits your needs.

Where disagreements arise over terms, we can help you and your partner to negotiate and resolve these matters swiftly.

Prenuptial agreements during divorce

If you and your partner are getting divorced, and you would like the Court to consider the agreement during the divorce process, our team can offer sound legal advice.

Under some circumstances, an individual may wish to challenge a prenuptial agreement during the divorce proceedings. To do so, they must have an acceptable reason from the Court’s point of view. Legitimate reasons to challenge the validity of a prenup include where one party did not give a full financial disclosure prior to signing the agreement.

Pre partnership agreements

A pre-partnership agreement refers to a legal document signed by both parties prior to becoming civil partners. It essentially works in the same way as a prenuptial agreement. The difference being that the agreement is between those who will soon enter a civil partnership, as opposed to marriage.

A pre-partnership agreement involves a financial disclosure of both parties’ assets and determines what will happen to savings, property, and other finances if the couple dissolves their civil partnership at a later date.

Our expert family lawyers at Gepp can support and advise couples who are soon to enter a civil partnership in various ways, including:

  • Pre-partnership agreement legal advice
  • Drawing up a pre-partnership agreement
  • Advice on using a pre-partnership agreement when reaching a financial settlement (as part of civil partnership dissolution processes)

Prenuptial agreements FAQs

Are prenuptial agreements legally binding in the UK?

Prenups are not strictly legally binding in the UK. Depending on the circumstances, they will not hold up in course in every case. Regardless, prenuptial agreements can afford couples legal protection in many cases. An agreement can be upheld in Court during divorce proceedings, providing specific conditions are met.

A prenuptial agreement is more likely to hold up in Court if:

  • Both spouses received independent legal advice before they signed the prenuptial agreement
  • Both spouses fully disclosed their finances and all assets when the prenuptial agreement was created
What should be included in a prenup?

Prenuptial agreements tend to include details of each spouses’ assets. While prenups agreements are tailored to each individual couple and what they would like to include, a typical prenup covers:

  • Property, whether owned by individuals, or jointly as a couple
  • Premium bonds and savings
  • Businesses or business interests
  • Pensions, shares, and stocks
  • Income and any other assets
Who should get a prenuptial agreement?

If you would like to protect your assets before entering into marriage, you are advised to get a prenuptial agreement, or a pre-partnership agreement for civil partners.

Such agreements are especially advised for individuals with significant wealth and assets to protect, however, anyone can benefit from drafting a prenup for the basis of asset protection later on.

Can I get a prenuptial agreement after getting married?

No, it is not possible to get a prenuptial agreement after getting married, however, it is possible to get a post nuptial agreement.

A post nuptial agreement works in exactly the same way as a prenup, the one difference is that this agreement is drafted once the couple is already married, as opposed to before.

How do you make a prenuptial agreement?

To draft a prenup, or a partnership agreement, you’ll need to work with an expert solicitor. A lawyer will be able to offer support to create an agreement that best suits your circumstances and offers financial protection.

A legal professional will be able to provide guidance on drafting an agreement that has the best chance of later standing up in Court. Without prior legal advice, a judge would not consider the contents of a prenup during divorce proceedings.

Why should you get a prenuptial agreement?

There are many reasons why an individual or couple might wish to enter into a prenuptial agreement. Such reasons include:

  • To clearly establish what you would like to happen to your assets and finances should the marriage end later on, reducing the potential for disputes
  • To protect a business, establishing that it would not be included as part of a divorce settlement
  • Asset preservation, so that assets are passed on to children from an earlier relationship
  • Outlining that an individual would not be liable for the debts of their partner
  • Helping an individual to protect assets or money that they’ve inherited
Do you need a lawyer to get a prenup?

Yes, you will need a lawyer to get a prenuptial agreement or a pre-partnership agreement. Unless both parties have benefited from legal advice prior to signing, the agreement will not be valid later on, for example, when relied on as part of divorce or dissolution proceedings.

Our expert solicitors at Gepp can help you to draft a prenuptial agreement or partnership agreement, and or help you to resolve related disputes with your partner.

Consult our prenuptial agreement solicitors

For support to draft a prenuptial agreement, or a pre-partnership agreement, please contact our local Gepp Solicitors office in Chelmsford.

Have a quick question or want to request a call back? Use our simple online enquiry form.

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Main email: family@gepp.co.uk

Our expert family law solicitors can offer prenuptial agreement legal advice, specifically tailored to your circumstances and requirements.

Our expert family law solicitors can offer prenuptial agreement legal advice, specifically tailored to your circumstances and requirements.

Our Family Law experts

Alison Gosling
Paralegal
Farhad Islam
Partner
Jenny Powell
Legal Assistant
Alison Gosling
Paralegal
Farhad Islam
Partner
Jenny Powell
Legal Assistant

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If you want to find out more about the services we can offer you, please feel free to get in touch

Get in touch

If you want to find out more about the services we can offer you, please feel free to get in touch