While no one goes into a marriage assuming it will fail, divorce statistics in the UK tell us that we can’t take anything for granted. As happy as you are with your husband or wife-to-be, a prenup can provide you with a welcome safety net in case things change.
A prenuptial agreement sets out each partner’s rights to property, debts, income and other assets if your relationship comes to an end. While not automatically enforced by the courts, properly prepared prenups are likely to be taken seriously.
This is why it is so important to have your agreement drawn up by a reputable family law solicitor. Davis Blank Furniss offer all the knowledge and experience you need to provide a firm foundation for your marriage.
Should I get a prenup?
Our solicitors can chat to you about your situation and advise you on whether a prenuptial agreement is appropriate.
It may well be the right move if, for example:
- You have been married before and want to protect yourself from claims regarding previous settlements
- You want to avoid a long and costly dispute about who gets what in the event of a divorce
- You have children from a previous marriage and want to make sure they are provided for
- You have significant assets or property that you want to protect
If you decide to proceed, you and your partner will need to use different solicitors in order to ensure you are both equally represented and that everyone agrees the prenup is fair. The agreement should also take into account any changes that may occur after you are married, such as redundancy, inheritance, children, pensions and future assets.
As you can see, the process requires careful thought and can take some time, so it is not recommended that you rush through a prenuptial agreement right before your special day.
It is much better to plan in advance, as not only will this mean you can take the time to ensure you are both happy with the prenup, it is also more likely that it will be taken into consideration by the courts.
A prenup can definitely be worth having, but at the same time, we hope our hard work won’t ever be needed.