SECURITY AND cERTAINTY IN THE FUTURE, FOR BOTH PARTIES.

The purpose of a nuptial agreement is to agree a fair financial settlement between a couple in the event they get divorced/the civil partnership is dissolved, and it seeks to protect any pre- acquired assets such as inheritance, businesses or property and also seeks to deal with any future inheritance. Put simply, pre and post- nuptial agreements help to provide security, clarity and certainty in the future, for both parties.

Our expert legal team can help you navigate the range of nuptial agreements to find a bespoke solution to suit you and your partner’s specific needs.

The CB Clarity nuptial service includes :

  • Initial consultation where we will take full instructions on your circumstances and what you wish to achieve, we will then advise you what would work best for you. We will also guide you through the pros and cons of having an agreement and the procedure.
  • An experienced expert family lawyer to be your ongoing point of contact.
  • Comprehensive first draft of your nuptial agreement.
  • Recommendations for your partner’s independent legal representation.
  • Secure storage of your nuptial agreement.
  • Access to a network of expert lawyers who can advise on different areas of law as needed.

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Pre and post- nuptial agreements help to provide security, clarity and certainty in the future, for both parties. Download our brochure to learn more about the CB Clarity process,  the benefits of having a nuptial agreement in place, and to arrange an initial consultation.

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A nuptial agreement can be a pre-nuptial (before the marriage) or a post-nuptial agreement (after the marriage). Civil partnership agreements (pre-civil partnership and post-civil partnership agreements) are treated in the same way and all information on this page and corresponding brochures is applicable to civil partnership agreements too.
Whilst nuptial agreements are not binding on the courts, they are likely to be upheld if certain requirements have been met. Requirements include the terms of the agreement being fair and that the agreement must have been entered into without duress. It is also essential that the agreement is signed in reasonable time before the marriage and that before entering into the agreement, both of you should have obtained independent legal advice and that there must be full and frank disclosure. Providing these requirements are met, you can be reasonably certain that the agreement will be upheld by the English court.
In the case of a pre-nuptial agreement, we would advise you to have an introductory meeting with us as soon as you can with the idea of us drafting the agreement 3-4 months (or preferably earlier) before your wedding date. This gives time for any negotiations. If the agreement is not signed at least 28 days before the wedding, it may be given less weight. In this event we might then advise you also to sign a post-nuptial agreement.
If you are considering moving abroad or have a connection to another country or several countries (for example assets held in another jurisdiction) then there could be international considerations that we will discuss with you. We are able to make sure that any nuptial agreement is personalised to meet your and your families’ needs. If you are moving to England and hold a foreign nuptial agreement we can also advise you. The English court is not bound by foreign nuptial agreements and will only apply English law. Whether your foreign nuptial agreement will be upheld (in full or in part) will very much depend on the circumstances of its creation and whether its terms are fair from an English law perspective.

What is a nuptial agreement?

A nuptial agreement can be a pre-nuptial (before the marriage) or a post-nuptial agreement (after the marriage). Civil partnership agreements (pre-civil partnership and post-civil partnership agreements) are treated in the same way and all information on this page and corresponding brochures is applicable to civil partnership agreements too.

Are nuptial agreements legally binding?

Whilst nuptial agreements are not binding on the courts, they are likely to be upheld if certain requirements have been met. Requirements include the terms of the agreement being fair and that the agreement must have been entered into without duress. It is also essential that the agreement is signed in reasonable time before the marriage and that before entering into the agreement,
both of you should have obtained independent legal advice and that there must be full and frank disclosure. Providing these requirements are met, you can be reasonably certain that the agreement will be upheld by the English court.

When should I start thinking about a Nuptial Agreement?

In the case of a pre-nuptial agreement, we would advise you to have an introductory meeting with us as soon as you can with the idea of us drafting the agreement 3-4 months (or preferably earlier) before your wedding date. This gives time for any negotiations. If the agreement is not signed at least 28 days before the wedding, it may be given less weight. In this event we might then advise you also to sign a post-nuptial agreement.

Will the English court be bound by foreign nuptial agreements?

If you are considering moving abroad or have a connection to another country or several countries (for example assets held in another jurisdiction) then there could be international considerations that we will discuss with you. We are able to make sure that any nuptial agreement is personalised to meet your and your families’ needs.
If you are moving to England and hold a foreign nuptial agreement we can also advise you. The English court is not bound by foreign nuptial agreements and will only apply English law. Whether your foreign nuptial agreement will be upheld (in full or in part) will very much depend on the circumstances of its creation and whether its terms are fair from an English law perspective.

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Toby Yerburgh

Toby Yerburgh

Partner - Head of Family Law

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Philippa Dolan

Partner

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Michael Drake

Partner

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Buffy Meyrick

Associate

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