IF YOU ARE THINKING OF GETTING MARRIED OR ENTERING INTO A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP
It is a sign of our times, that relationships often break down and many people entering into a marriage or civil partnership have been married before or in a serious relationship before. Because of their relationship history, they will frequently have children and may already own a property and have other assets or have an inheritance.
At the start of a marriage or civil partnership, most couples overlook protecting their assets which they owned prior to the marriage. Usually, couples who are in love do not see the need to take any steps to safeguard their financial situation because they trust their partner ‘to do the right thing’ should the relationship breakdown. Often, this is with dire financial consequences.
Stokes can prepare a Pre-Nuptial or Post-Nuptial Agreement to safeguard your individual assets and to set out how the joint assets should be divided in the event of a future separation.
Although such agreements are not binding upon the Courts in England and Wales this is a developing area of family law. Currently a Judge must take them into account and has the power to uphold the terms of the agreement.
If you are entering into a marriage or civil partnership with existing assets, then you should seek legal advice upon the steps you can take to safeguard your financial position.
We can also assist with the preparation of legal documents should you wish to celebrate your marriage or civil partnership abroad.
With effect from 1 May 2010, the Family Department no longer undertakes public funding (formerly known as Legal Aid) work.
Please contact us to discuss your matter further – our Family Law Department offers a free initial 30 minute appointment to all new clients.
John Stevens CILEx
Tel: 023 9282 8131
Fax: 023 9281 1339