Your Leicestershire Family Solicitor
Supporting Your Happy Marriage
Agreeing what you would want to happen should your relationship break down is not going to be the most romantic part of your wedding preparations, but it doesn’t have to be traumatic either.
It can make sense to talk about a pre-nuptial agreement at the same time as you make decisions about joint or separate bank accounts, adding (and removing) names on mortgage documents etc and updating your wills to reflect your new status.
Your Emery Johnson Astills family solicitor can help you draw up an agreement to cover anything important to you; from who will care for the children to who empties the cat litter tray. You may wish to agree a date or event(s) on which to review the agreement for example if you become pregnant, adopt children, or retire.
Then, if your marriage breaks down, your Pre-Nuptial Agreement can help reduce the conflict, bitterness and costs that often accompany separation and divorce.
It is essential that you both take independent legal advice. Although the courts may not automatically enforce a pre-nuptial agreement, the fact that you each sought legal counsel before signing will demonstrate that you intend to be bound by the terms of your agreement.
You must sign any pre-nuptial agreement at least 21 days before you actually get married but don’t worry if you’ve left it too late for a pre-nup; we’re increasingly helping clients to draw up post-nuptial agreements too.
Book an initial consultation to put your marriage on a firmer financial footing.