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A pre-nuptial agreement (commonly referred to as a pre-nup) is a formal written agreement entered into prior to a marriage to record the financial provision a couple want to make for one another in the event of a divorce. A post-nuptial agreement is the same as a pre-nuptial agreement; the only difference being it is entered after marriage.
We are experts at preparing these agreements and where there is an international connection we are used to working with lawyers and experts in other jurisdictions.
Why have a nuptial agreement?
If there is no nuptial agreement in place, a principle of sharing will apply as the starting point to all assets, regardless of the source of the assets.
So, as well as protecting assets, nuptial agreements also allow a couple freedom to plan financially and provide clarity and certainty.
They can also ensure that the interests of the wider family are safeguarded, particularly if family businesses, trusts or inherited assets are involved. Should the worst happen, they can also reduce the stress and costs of a contested divorce.
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Our qualified coaches will work with you in a safe, non-judgemental way, to explore your wishes and feelings on a range of issues. With the support of a neutral third party, you may find it easier to discuss subjects that could otherwise be uncomfortable, or that you may not have considered.