Pre Nuptial

A pre-nuptial agreement, or prenup, is a legal contract that couples sign before getting married. It
lays out how things like money, property, and debts will be handled if the marriage ends in
divorce, separation, or death. While prenups are often thought to be for the wealthy, they can
actually benefit anyone. They offer financial clarity, protect individual assets, manage debts, and
ensure that inheritances are preserved for children from previous relationships.

By setting out financial rights and responsibilities upfront, prenups can reduce conflict and legal fees if things do not work out.

A good prenup includes full disclosure of each persons assets and debts, details on how property
will be divided, rules about debt responsibility, plans for spousal support, and inheritance rights.

For a prenup to be valid, both parties need to agree to it voluntarily, it must be fair, both should get independent legal advice, and it has to be in writing and signed.

It is best to talk about and negotiate a prenup well before the wedding, giving both parties plenty of time to think it over.

A recent case before the court, shows how the courts usually uphold prenups if they were agreed upon freely and fairly. In this case, the court refused to ‘tear up’ the prenup and adhered to the
prenup terms despite the husband’s attempt to challenge it, underscoring the importance of these

Overall, a prenup encourages open discussions about finances, reduces uncertainty, and helps
build a strong foundation for marriage by addressing potential issues early on. While it might
seem unromantic, a well-thought-out prenup can provide peace of mind and lead to a more
harmonious relationship by ensuring both parties feel protected and clear about their financial
future. The recent case mentioned highlights how courts tend to support prenups, showing just
how effective they can be in marital planning.

If you would like to know more about pre-nuptial agreements please get in touch and speak with one of our specialist family lawyers.

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