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Pre-nuptial Agreements

Pre-nuptial agreements often divide opinion, but when done sensitively they can be a reassuring document which help avoid any disputes should a marriage end prematurely.

That said, the drafting of a pre-nuptial agreement can be an uncomfortable process, and as experienced solicitors specialising in family law, we understand that.

The cost of legal advice should not be a barrier for anyone, so at Lanyon Bowdler we offer a range of pricing options, including fixed fees and service level guarantees.

What is a Pre-nuptial Agreement?

A pre-nuptial agreement sets out guidelines for how shared assets should be divided, as well as giving couples the potential to recommend arrangements for things such as child support payments, should the marriage break down.

Although not yet considered legally binding, pre-nuptial agreements are taken into account by UK divorce courts and as such are an effective way of avoiding lengthy legal battles in the future.

Drafting a Pre-nuptial Agreement

It can be an extremely complex process to draft a pre-nuptial agreement so employing an experienced family law specialist is a good idea.

Agreements must meet a series of guidelines to be recognised by UK courts:

  • It must not be weighted too much in any one person’s favour, and it needs to be realistic in light of current divorce law precedents.
  • Both parties must produce full financial disclosure prior to the agreement.
  • There must be no pressure applied to either party to enter into the agreement.
  • It is recommended by most family law solicitors that a pre-nuptial agreement should last only until the birth of the first child, or for a period of five years.
  • Independent legal advice must be secured by both parties before entering into the agreement.

The experienced family law team at Lanyon Bowdler has worked on numerous pre-nuptial agreements with people from all kinds of backgrounds, so can help make sure your agreement abides by these guidelines.

Contact Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors

Give us a call or complete our online enquiry form, to see how we can help. We have offices in Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ludlow, Bromyard and Hereford so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands.

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