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Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Many couples now consider entering into a pre-nuptial agreement before marriage – something which is particularly common in, but by no means limited to, second marriages.

Many families consider pre-nuptial agreements as an important factor in preserving family wealth in the event of a future marriage break down.

Pre-nuptial agreements can provide both parties with more certainty when entering into the commitment of marriage or civil partnership.  Our family team have acted for a number of clients in negotiating and preparing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.  We offer sensitive and practical advice in preparing the required documentation.

Post-Nuptial Agreements

Can be considered when couples have insufficient time before marrying to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement or following a disagreement within the marriage they wish to have greater certainty regarding financial arrangements if there is to be a divorce.

It is important to obtain specialist legal advice as early as possible if you are considering a pre-nuptial agreement as there are time limits as to the execution of pre-nuptial agreements.  We can advise you on reasonable terms to maximise the enforceability of pre- or post-nuptial agreements.

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Recent work

Successful divorce and financial separation

We represented the interests of the wife who owned a company jointly with her husband and on divorce he claimed that the assets should not be split equally, claiming he should have the higher share. The case involved gaining other professional opinions from accountants and financial planners. The legal arguments to establish the equal position of the wife were complex and successful.

Negotiating complex child access arrangements

We resolve complex disputes about children when a relationship between parents – married or unmarried – breaks down. Conflicts arose when the parents were unable to agree which one of them the child should live with and how much or how little contact the child should have with the parent he or she does not live with (the non-resident parent). We have successfully negotiated several arrangements that work for our clients.

Appeals – post-divorce settlement

We defended our client in an extremely complicated case and achieved excellent results. Their former Partner was a keen litigant and determined to appeal decisions the court made relating to finance and the children. Our client achieved and maintains a clean break in terms of capital, income and care of the children.

Cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements

Our client had substantial capital assets and sought advice on what kind of financial claims could be made by a cohabitee on the one hand and a spouse on the other in the event of a relationship breakdown. They wanted to know if they should enter into a prenuptial agreement ahead of marriage and needed specialist advice on the law surrounding nuptial agreements in England and Wales. Because of the value of the assets, highly technical tax and trust law advice was required.

Non molestation orders (Harassment)

Our client was the victim of a prolonged course of harassment. The abuse the client was receiving was unrelenting. We successfully issued proceedings in the High Court for an injunction against the Defendant, preventing them from attending the client’s street, part of the beach on which the client lived, and from her gym.

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