Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements are a practical form of financial planning which anyone who is getting married, entering into a civil partnership, or is already married, may wish to consider.
Once you are married, the law provides that everything that you, or your spouse or civil partner, acquire (with some exceptions) in the course of the marriage is considered to be “matrimonial property”. Matrimonial property is to be shared fairly, which usually means equally, in the event of divorce. Marriage also brings with it certain automatic rights of inheritance in your spouse’s estate: to cash, property and house contents.
You may not want the standard rules about inheritance or division of matrimonial property on divorce to apply. You may want to protect certain non-matrimonial assets (which you brought to the marriage , or were gifted to you, or inherited by you during the marriage) in the event that some time in the future they change in nature to become matrimonial property. You may want your Will, alone, to govern what happens to your estate in the event of your death. You may have already decided “who” will get “what” in the event that you separate. You can be as general or specific as you like in a Pre or Post Nuptial Agreement, as long as it is fair and reasonable at the time it is entered into.
You should speak to a member of the Aberdein Considine Family Law Team as early as possible so that we can give you advice specific to your circumstances.
If you have a wedding date planned, then you should instruct us as far in advance of that date as possible.
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