This area of family law can be fraught with difficulty for our clients, particularly if they are new to pre and post nuptial agreements.
It needn’t be so. While they may sound un-romantic, these agreements are becoming more common in modern marriages and can give great peace of mind to all parties.
Our experienced legal teams have been drafting these types of agreements with our clients for years, and, as such, understand their benefits.
We assist clients in the drafting of agreements which can determine in advance how their assets will be shared should they separate. Clients who approach us to advise them realise that making those decisions will reduce the financial and emotional trauma of divorce (should it ever happen) and enabling them to move on and where necessary ensure their children are provided for.
In our experience, we have found these agreements are particularly useful for clients who have been married before and are bringing assets to a second marriage and also to business owners keen to reduce the risks to their business should the marriage end in divorce.
Although it is currently the legal position that pre-nuptial agreements do not remove the jurisdiction of the court, a landmark Supreme Court decision in 2010 has given pre-nuptial agreements far more “decisive” weight. In February 2014 the Law Commission further recommended that pre-nuptial agreements should be legally binding in divorce settlements once the needs of the separating couple and any children have been taken into account.
For more information or if you would like to speak with one of our specialist solicitors then please contact us.
When you first contact our family team, we will discuss your situation by email or telephone to explore how we can help you.
The next step is to arrange a meeting. This can be face-to-face, or by telephone or Skype. We will send you our terms of business setting out clearly our charges in writing before we meet you. We offer an initial fixed cost legal advice session to enable you to obtain quality legal advice tailored to your situation. This session will enable us to advise you on future costs, timescales and the best way to move your case forward.
We will follow up the session with written advice to you.
We are dedicated to our clients and feel that it is essential that we are up front and honest about our costs. We pride ourselves on being transparent with no hidden charges.
There are many ways that we can help you and the following cost options will be considered and agreed with you where possible:
• Fixed costs
• Full service representation
• Pay as you go/additional advice as things progress
• Assistance at Court packages to help support you if you choose to represent yourself in court
• Assistance at mediation package to help support your process at mediation
• Legal drafting of agreements reached at a fixed cost
We additionally work with litigation funding organisations who provide finance to enable you to fund a court case. We will work through the application process and explain the terms on which a loan may be offered.
You may also be able to seek a Legal Services Order from the court to secure your legal fees to be met from the other party. We will discuss with you whether this would be an appropriate course of action for you.
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