Premarital agreements

Planning a wedding is an exciting time and also a time when you start thinking about your long-term future. You are probably looking forward to a long and happy marriage but it is also natural to wonder what unexpected twists and turns life might bring.

That is why, when planning a wedding or civil partnership, it is a good idea to prepare for the future and every eventuality. After all, none of us can accurately predict where life may take us in 10 or 20 years’ time. With a pre-marital agreement in place, you and your partner can enter into your marriage or civil partnership safe in the knowledge that you will both know where you stand if you do choose to end your marriage or civil partnership in the future.

Asking for a pre-marital agreement does not mean that you expect your relationship to fail and it does not have to detract from the romance and excitement of your special day.

Pre-marital agreements, sometimes called pre-nuptial agreements, set out in writing what should happen to each person’s assets and finances if the marriage breaks down. It gives you both the opportunity to agree in advance what is fair with the intention of assisting to protect your respective financial interests in the event of a divorce or dissolution of civil partnership.

The proposed agreement must be prepared well in advance of your wedding or civil partnership. There must also be an opportunity to understand fully the financial position of the other and to make an entirely informed decision. It is essential that each of you have the opportunity of taking independent legal advice.

With Dunn and Baker, creating a pre-marital agreement should be a straightforward and hassle-free process. Our friendly lawyers will explain the process clearly and answer any questions you may have.

We offer a free meeting initially in which we can explore the issues involved together with the likely costs and timescales particular to your needs.

 

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