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Entering into a marriage marks an exciting new chapter in your life. Regardless, it does come with potential complications for your finances. To ensure that you have the right protections in place, and feel more comfortable moving forward, entering into a prenuptial agreement may be a sensible decision.

A prenuptial agreement (prenup) is a legal document which is used to define the financial assets you and your partner own, including any company assets, property, savings, cash and so on.

Prenuptial agreements serve to establish ownership of assets, and how these assets would be divided if you were later to divorce. As well as assets, prenuptial agreements can also cover liabilities and debts, establishing how these will be divided between the divorcing spouses.

At Butcher & Barlow, our experts have substantial experience in assisting clients with prenuptial agreements. As such, we can provide clear advice on how a prenuptial agreement can be of benefit to you and your partner, the process for drafting a prenuptial agreement, and whether amending an existing agreement would be in your best interests.

Have a question? Please see our prenuptial agreements FAQs or get in touch.

Our experts can help you with matters including:

  • Prenuptial agreement legal advice
  • Assistance drafting prenuptial agreements
  • Support with amending an existing prenuptial agreement

Reasons to choose Butcher & Barlow for your prenuptial agreement

  • Free initial assessment for most family law issues
  • Affordable, fixed fees offered wherever possible
  • Legal aid available for qualifying cases
  • An experienced Family team including members and accredited specialists of leading associations, such as the Law Society’s Children and Advanced Family Law Panel, as well as family law network Resolution
  • In-house Mediator to facilitate swift, cost-effective out-of-court resolutions
  • Branches throughout Cheshire and Manchester, offering expertise on your doorstep

Contact our Prenuptial Agreement Solicitors in the North West of England

To discuss the option of prenuptial agreements, and access specialist legal support, please contact us at Butcher & Barlow.

You can call us on +44 (0)161 797 5650 or email enquiries@butcher-barlow.co.uk

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Prenuptial agreement legal advice

If you are considering entering into a marriage prenuptial agreement, our Solicitors can provide all the legal advice that you’ll need. We can ensure that you understand how these agreements work, along with your legal rights and requirements.

We have previously worked with couples in a wide range of circumstances, and can help you to gather the information you’ll need to make full financial disclosure.

Drafting prenuptial agreements

If you wish to proceed, we can assist you with drafting a prenuptial agreement that reflects your needs and situation. With an understanding of your circumstances, we can draft a unique prenuptial agreement that is considered to be fair to both parties.

As part of the process, we can guide you to provide a financial disclosure, ensuring that any prenup accurately represents your assets, covering all the areas necessary.

Once the agreement has been drafted, we will review this with you, ensuring that you have a full understanding of the legal implications and terms prior to signing.

We can also advise you on your options if you have been served with a prenuptial agreement by your partner.

Amending your prenuptial agreement

Once you have entered into a prenuptial agreement, it is advisable to review the agreement every few years or so.

If your financial circumstances have changed significantly, compared to when you first drafted your prenuptial agreement, our solicitors can help you to make the necessary amendments and create a postnuptial agreement that reflects your new circumstances.

If your circumstances change, and you choose not to amend your prenup, it is worth noting that it may no longer it may no longer be enforceable if you divorce further down the line.

Why work with our Prenuptial Agreement Solicitors?

At Butcher & Barlow, we have an extensive history of working with clients in the North West of England. Thanks to the dedication of our team, we have an excellent reputation in the legal sector and in the community.

Our legal team are friendly and open, always taking a client centred approach. When helping family law clients, it is our aim to take the stance of a supportive friend, carefully handling your legal matters.

We understand that when clients choose a solicitor, what they are looking for is a consistently high-quality experience. When you choose us, working with a lawyer is never challenging, you’ll always benefit from consistent communication, receiving regular updates about the progress of your case. 

Contact our Prenuptial Agreement Solicitors in the North West of England

To discuss the option of prenuptial agreements, and access specialist legal support, please contact us at Butcher & Barlow.

You can call us on +44 (0)161 764 4062 or email enquiries@butcher-barlow.co.uk.

Frequently asked questions about prenuptial agreements

If you would like to get a prenuptial agreement, you are well advised to work with an expert solicitor, as this is a complex and technical area of the law.

Whilst it is possible to draft a prenuptial agreement without a solicitor, this may not be the best way to fully protect your legal interests, any mistakes cannot be fixed later down the line.

Our Lawyers at Butcher & Barlow can assist you to draft a prenuptial agreement that suits your requirements, establishing how your assets and debts will be split if you were to later divorce or separate.

For more information about how to get a prenup, please get in touch with our Prenuptial Agreement Solicitors at Butcher & Barlow.

Though prenuptial agreements are legally recognised, these are not always legally binding. Whilst these agreements are binding between the parties, they do not bind the Judge throughout divorce proceedings. Prenuptial agreements are not always enforced by the Court, for instance, where an agreement appears unworkable or unfair. For this reason, the precise drafting of any prenuptial agreement is crucial.

Both parties will need to receive legal advice before entering into a prenuptial agreement, or else the agreement is unlikely to be legally enforceable later down the line.

Equally, where a prenuptial agreement has not been correctly drafted, or where either party did not fully disclose their financial situation, it can cause disputes and it is likely that the agreement is then discarded.

A prenuptial agreement acts as a type of legal contract, entered into by a couple prior to marriage. The document is used to determine the obligations and rights of both parties if they were to get divorced later. The agreement should establish the ownership and division of assets.

The areas that tend to be covered in a prenuptial agreement include property, personal belongings, bank accounts, savings, and liability for debts. Such agreements might also cover inherited wealth or how financial responsibilities will work throughout the course of the marriage.

If implemented correctly a pre-nuptial agreement provides clarity and certainty so that in the event of a separation each party will know where they stand, and acrimony and legal costs will be avoided.

Party’s may also want to ring-fence certain assets, for instance family assets, or to ensure children (e.g. from a prior relationship) are provided for. Prenups can be used to protect to establish that certain assets belong to one party and will not be included as part of a financial settlement should the couple later get divorced.

These documents can also be used to establish financial expectations, for instance, who will be responsible for what during the marriage.

Where couples have complex financial situations, a high-net worth, or inherited wealth, entering into a prenup can provide the assurance that these assets are well protected, should the relationship later break down.

A prenuptial agreement can be used to protect various things, including assets and property, businesses, investments, or family inheritance.

Whether an individual acquires certain assets before or during the marriage, they can use a prenup to state that certain assets solely belong to them, and will therefore not be included as part of a divorce settlement.

Each prenuptial agreement will be different depending on what the couple decide between them, our Solicitors at Butcher & Barlow can help you to draft a prenuptial agreement that is best suited to your needs.

How much a prenup costs can vary according to different factors, for instance, how complex the arrangement is, and the extent to which revisions and negotiations are needed.

Once we have an appreciation of your situation and preferences, we will provide an accurate quote for your prenuptial agreement.

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