Asking someone to marry you or to enter a civil partnership is a big step and one that gives rise to significant legal rights and obligations, particularly around financial matters. Agreeing upfront how your finances should be split if you decide to divorce or dissolve your civil partnership may feel uncomfortable but it can save a huge amount of anguish and expense later down the line.
By looking at your circumstances now it should be easier to identify existing personal wealth and agree how this should be dealt with. For example, you may both feel strongly that money inherited from relatives should remain yours whatever happens or that entitlement to a share in an established business should only arise after a set number of years together. You may also be keen to ensure adequate financial provision is set aside for any children you have from previous relationships and to meet any other financial commitments.
A prenuptial agreement can also be used to agree how any wealth generated during your marriage or civil partnership should be dealt with. This can be useful where one person is likely to make a more significant financial contribution than the other or where you have agreed that one of you should stay at home.
The experienced family law specialists at Hatten Wyatt Solicitors in Kent can help to guide you through the process of making a prenuptial agreement.
They will ensure that:
- you and your partner disclose the full extent of your personal wealth and financial interests;
- you are both happy to enter a prenuptial agreement and have good reasons for doing so;
- you have thought about all eventualities;
- the agreement proposed will meet your respective financial needs and those of your children; and
- you take independent legal advice, so you are clear about the proposed terms of your financial arrangements.
If you have already married or entered a civil partnership we can advise on a postnuptial agreement to protect your interests.
Advising families throughout Kent and beyond
We have offices in Maidstone, Gravesend, Chatham and Tenterden where we can meet you to discuss your requirements.
We can also offer meetings by skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.
Fixed cost initial appointment / Legal aid
We offer an initial appointment to discuss your requirements from £95 plus VAT. Legal aid may also be available in certain cases and is normally always available for defending care proceedings and taking steps to protect against domestic violence or child abuse.
Get in touch
If you need help with a family law matter, please get in touch to see how we can help. You can call us on 01474 351199 or use our contact form and we will call you.