Deciding to get married (or entering a civil partnership) is an exciting time in your life, but 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 pre-nuptial or pre-civil partnership agreements to give them more peace of mind should their relationship break down. The agreement can regulate financial rights and obligations, and tackle 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.
Pre- and post-nuptial agreements are becoming increasingly common in a multitude of different cases: where there is inherited wealth family business interests, beneficiaries of family trusts, where it is the second marriage for one or both of the parties, or where the parties are coming into the marriage with assets already.
Our Family team are highly adept in drafting, negotiating and advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements whether they are multi-jurisdictional in scope or relate to just one country. We recognise the often-difficult dynamics and highly emotive nature of such agreements and deal with them in an elegant and discreet manner.
We give clear and concise advice on the law and work where appropriate with our colleagues on other teams where advice is required on tax and trusts, property or business matters.