Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements: your questions answered

What is a prenuptial agreement?

 

A prenuptial agreement (pre-nup) is a written document signed by a couple who are committed to getting married or entering a civil partnership that sets out their joint understanding of what will happen to their finances if the marriage or civil partnership comes to an end. It is very important that they are entered into properly and with both parties taking their own independent legal advice. Our expert family lawyers based in Tunbridge Wells and London have a lot of experience in writing and advising on nuptial agreements.

Is my prenuptial agreement enforceable?

 

Nuptial agreements are not automatically enforceable under English law. However, if a divorcing couple have a pre-nuptial agreement, the likelihood is that their financial settlement will follow the terms of their nuptial agreement, unless there is a very good reason why they should not.

What is a postnuptial agreement?

 

A postnuptial agreement (postnup) is a document prepared by a married couple or civil partners setting out their understanding of what will happen to their finances if the marriage or civil partnership ends. Our expert family lawyers in London and Tunbridge Wells have a lot of experience in preparing nuptial agreements and advising on them.

 
More questions?

 

If you have more questions please go to our FAQs on divorce, family mediation, custody and child maintenance and financial claims.

 

If you have a question that isn’t here or would like to speak to one of our family solicitors, then do get in touch with Alex Davies on 01892 506 326 or alex.davies@cripps.co.uk  for a confidential, free, preliminary discussion regarding your situation.