Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

  • Historically, Pre-Nuptial agreements were not often looked at by courts, which meant a significant amount of autonomy in marriages and civil partnerships was lost. In recent years, however, courts have started to consider pre-nuptial agreements more and more, and they are a viable and useful way of protecting your and your partner’s interests in and after marriage.
  • Sterling Law will help you at every step of the process – including in writing and enforcing the agreement. Courts will often give more weight to pre-nuptial agreements if it is clear that the agreement was written with the help of legal professionals and the correct procedures were followed
  • A pre-nuptial agreement itself is an agreement made before marriage which sets out what happens if the couple is divorced.
  • Pre-nuptial agreements are almost always relevant, but particularly in cases where you or your partner have large amounts of assets that they wish to protect, and in second marriages
  • A sound pre-nuptial agreement will typically be treated by courts the same way that a commercial contract would, unless there are clear errors in the contract or the contract was not signed/created fairly. Sterling Law will help you to create a strong agreement to avoid difficulties in court, and if you do run into difficulties, will argue your case with our expert team of family lawyers.

Post-Nuptial Agreements

  • If your relationship is at an uncertain stage, post-nuptial agreements can be a useful way of protecting your and your partner’s interests
  • Here, the same thing is done as in a pre-nuptial agreement, only it is done during the relationship
  • These are often used especially if there has been a separation, or reconciliation
  • As with pre-nuptial agreements, you and your partner must disclose all financial assets to ensure the agreement is viable in court and fair.
CONSULTATION
Our fees
The price depends on the case complexity and hours spent. Learn more
Low complexity cases
The agreements has been negotiated beforehand. Limited issues, income and joint assets. There may be existing co-habitation agreement. Prices start from £750 + VAT. Please note, the fee is indicative. The quote will be provided after the initial consultation/case assessment.
Mid complexity cases
The agreement has been negotiated beforehand. Joint income not exceeding £150 000. There might be children issues involved. Advice on existing agreement and necessary amendments provided upon request. From £1500 + VAT. Please note, the fee is indicative. The quote will be provided after the initial consultation/case assessment.
High complexity cases
The agreement has not been negotiated, involves parties with joint assets, and income exceeding £150 000. Hourly rate (£225+VAT), quote provided after initial consultation/assessment.
Stages
Initial consultation Initial consultation

Taking instructions, discussion of requirements, confirming and agreeing on fees, costs and next steps, initial advice.

Advice on the agreement Advice on the agreement

Discussion of benefits and limitations, available arrangements, taking detailed instructions on assets, liabilities, and income.

Drafting and finalising the agreement Drafting and finalising the agreement

Advice on future changes if applicable. If required, amending will (not included in the price)

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