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How Axis Solicitors Can Help You With Your Family Law Agreements

If you need a prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial agreement or a separation agreement, our solicitors can draft an agreement that protects your future.

Our solicitors are experts in the following:

  • How to safeguard your assets and finances.
  • Legal requirements for a valid and enforceable agreement.
  • How to negotiate effectively with your partner or spouse.
  • Possible outcomes of breaking or challenging an agreement.

Axis Solicitors is a UK-based law firm in Manchester, London, Birmingham, Newcastle, and Chester. Whether you need a prenup, a postnup, or a separation agreement, let us help secure your future. Trust our transparent and affordable fixed fees.

Please do not wait until it is too late when you can let us help you draft an agreement that protects your interests.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are increasingly popular among couples before and after marriage. These agreements offer several benefits:

  • Certainty in Marriage: They help alleviate uncertainties in marriage by ensuring both parties feel secure that their interests are protected through a mutually agreed-upon contract.

  • Protection of Children’s Interests: These agreements are particularly beneficial in safeguarding the interests of existing children in the relationship, any children from previous relationships, and future offspring.

Prenuptial Agreements:

Typically arranged a few weeks to a month before marriage, prenuptial agreements allow couples to reach a consensus on managing their property and financial assets before marriage.

Postnuptial Agreements:

These can be drafted any time after marriage. They are instrumental in protecting assets acquired by one partner during the marriage and securing assets or property intended for children.

As a leading law firm in family law, Axis Solicitors offers expert advice on drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Our services include guidance on various aspects such as children and finances, post-divorce financial arrangements, property and housing issues, international marriages, jurisdictional concerns, judicial separation, pensions in divorce scenarios, and separation agreements.

Prenuptial agreements are limited to agreements made before marriage. However, couples who are already married have the option of entering into a postnuptial agreement, provided both parties agree to it.

Prenuptial agreements are gaining popularity among couples contemplating marriage and seeking to outline the distribution of assets should the marriage not succeed. These agreements are frequently integrated into wealth and estate planning strategies, particularly by individuals aiming to safeguard their wealth in case of a potential divorce. They are also favoured by those who desire to establish a sense of certainty and fairness in their marital arrangements.

Yes, Post-Nuptial Agreements are generally considered legally binding in the UK, particularly since a notable 2008 Privy Council judgment. For these agreements to be enforceable, certain conditions must be met:

  • Full and Frank Financial Disclosure: Both partners must fully disclose their financial circumstances. The court may only respect the agreement’s terms if these are adhered to.
  • Fairness of Terms: The agreement’s terms must be fair to both parties. If the court finds any terms unfair, it may not enforce the agreement.
  • Independent Legal Advice: Both parties must receive independent legal advice on the agreement. Without this, the enforceability of the agreement could be compromised.

Furthermore, it is vital to understand that any amendments to a pre-nuptial agreement after marriage will convert it into a post-nuptial agreement. Post-nuptial agreements are typically more likely to be enforced by courts than pre-nuptial ones. If you are considering a post-nuptial agreement, consulting with a qualified legal professional at Axis Solicitors can provide tailored advice and ensure that your agreement meets all legal requirements.

A postnuptial agreement can be valuable in certain circumstances, even if you already have a prenuptial agreement. At Axis Solicitors, we often recommend considering a postnuptial agreement in situations where the validity of your prenuptial agreement might be in question, especially if it was signed shortly before your wedding. 

A postnuptial agreement can reaffirm the terms of your prenup, which is particularly useful if there have been significant changes in your circumstances, such as receiving an unexpected inheritance or experiencing a major shift in your career. Additionally, for couples facing challenges in their relationship, a postnup can provide financial stability and peace of mind while they focus on improving their marriage.

Absolutely, engaging a family solicitor for your prenuptial agreement is essential. At Axis Solicitors, we want to highlight that one key reason for a court to potentially dismiss a prenuptial agreement is the lack of legal advice before signing. A family solicitor ensures this criterion is met and helps address other vital factors courts consider when validating such agreements.

There is a common misconception that a prenuptial agreement might harm a relationship, suggesting a lack of trust in its longevity. However, our experience shows that understanding the implications of what would happen if a marriage ends can bring clarity and security without affecting the likelihood of a marriage’s success. In general, you should not need to feel guilty about wanting a prenup. We encourage you to contact our legal experts at Axis Solicitors for more detailed guidance and support in this process.

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