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Pre-Nuptial & Cohabitation Agreements

Pre-Nuptial & Cohabitation Agreements

Pre-Nuptial & Cohabitation Agreements

Date: May 14, 2017

Pre-Nuptial Agreements & Cohabitation Agreements

If you are planning to get married then you may wish to consider putting a pre-nuptial agreement in place.  Historically this was usually only undertaken by the very rich and famous to protect their wealth.  Over recent years however we have found that the Court is increasingly paying heed to the presence of a pre-nuptial agreement in financial disputes in divorce proceedings. 

No longer just for the rich and famous, it is now considered a sensible idea for many couples to put a pre-nuptial agreement in place before they tie the knot and particularly if you or your future spouse meet any of the following criteria:

  • Second (or more) marriage

  • Bringing wealth or inherited assets into the marriage

  • Disparity in assets held or debts and liabilities brought into the relationship

  • Either or both of you have your own properties

  • Either or both of you have children from previous relationships

  • Self-employed or have your own business

Although it may not seem the most romantic thing to do when thinking about your wedding plans, it could prevent problems in the future if the marriage does not work. 

Cohabitation Agreements

Many people believe that cohabiting couples have the same legal rights and protections as married couples.  They do not!

If you are currently cohabiting or planning to buy your first home together and do not intend to marry then you may wish to consider having a cohabitation agreement put in place which sets out what will happen to any property, money and possessions should you later decide to separate.  We can help you put an agreement in place that will give you piece of mind for the future.

Post-Nuptial Agreements

Already married?  It is not too late!  We can still prepare an agreement that deals with what will happen to any property, money and possessions should you decide to separate in the future.

With offices across York, Yorkshire and the North, you are never far from one of our family law experts so contact us today in complete confidence for a free initial appointment at your preferred office.