Whilst some may assume that marital agreements are only for the super-rich, this is far from the case.
Pre and post-nuptial agreements are becoming increasingly common in cases where there is inherited wealth (or a likelihood of this in the future), where there are family business interests, it is the second marriage of one or both of the parties or where the parties are coming into the marriage with assets already. Every couple is different and we can help you put in place an agreement that is right for your particular circumstances.
We are recognised as being experts in the field of negotiating and drafting marital agreements. We recognise the often difficult dynamics and highly emotive nature of such agreements, and we will treat your case sensitively and discreetly.
Whilst marital agreements are not “contractually binding”, they are a major factor that will be taken into consideration upon any divorce and could determine the outcome – meaning that taking good advice, and at an early stage, is vital. This need has recently been enforced by high-profile legal action. It is now common-place for the courts, who have made it clear that parties who enter into a marital agreement freely and with full appreciation of its implications, should be held to the terms of the agreement unless it would be unfair to do so.
Our team of specialists in family law are able to give clear, instructive insight on sensitive issues. It is important to take advice as early as possible, particularly if you are considering a pre-nuptial agreement before your marriage.
Meet the Team
Untangling the UK/Swiss Knot: Getting married: Do they need a pre-nup? What is a matrimonial property regime?
Before they tie the knot, Henry’s parents want him to have a ‘pre-nuptial agreement’, to protect family money in case of a divorce.
Will couples who were locked down together stay together? Cohabitation in the wake of COVID-19
When the first lockdown measures were introduced, many couples were faced with an ultimatum: either move in together or isolate separately
Untangling the Atlantic Knot: Wills for mixed US/UK couples
Before Chris and Sam “settle down”, they have decided to go on a sailing adventure. Their parents are insisting that they make Wills.
Grandparents and their children’s divorce
Guardianship of grandchildren following parent’s death or divorce
“Step parents” and their partners’ children
What happens to the children if the natural parent dies and what is my position as a step parent?
Miranda Fisher shortlisted for Lawyer of The Year (Family) at the Spear’s Wealth Management 2017 Awards
Miranda’s nomination is in keeping with the acknowledgement by Spear’s of the firm’s achievements and professional proficiency.
Cohabitation: The myths and maths of living together
Do you live with your partner? Are you unmarried? We explain what happens if it all ends in tears.
The importance of a pre-nuptial agreement
After the proposal has been made, the ring chosen and a date set for the big day, couples need to consider the legal implications.
Family—what’s on the horizon for 2017?
Family partner, Grant Howell, is interviewed by LexisPSL on the issues facing Family Law in 2017.
Financial claims years after a divorce
Can an applicant make a financial claim many years after a divorce?
Financial claims years after a divorce
Can an applicant make a financial claim many years after divorce when all assets have been made by the other party long afterwards?
Succession in UK Family Businesses
If you are a family business owner, now is the time to tackle those difficult questions on succession for the long term benefit.
Lawyers as active participants
Partner Grant Howell examines Hopkins v Hopkins, emphasising the role played by legal practitioners in Family Law.
Binding 'pre-nup' law for couples proposed
The Law Commission published recommendations on 27 February 2014 in relation to the enforceability of marital agreements.
The Law Commission’s proposals on nuptial agreements
The Law Commission published recommendations on enforceability of marital agreements and on the dissolution of civil partnerships.