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Prenuptial agreements and Postnuptial agreements

Although we consider such agreements can be a very good idea for some couples it is important to know that, as the law stands today, such agreements can only be persuasive to the Court rather than totally legally binding. 

However, this does not mean that they are a waste of paper: in general terms, the Courts will uphold a prenup or postnup agreement, where it is satisfied that:

  • both parties had access to good legal advice when entering the agreement;
  • the parties entered into the agreement freely and voluntarily;
  • the agreement is not unfair and provides reasonably for both parties in all of the circumstances.

A carefully drawn agreement can, therefore, provide powerful protection – but the preparation of such an agreement will entail both parties having separate legal representation, a detailed examination of each party’s financial circumstances and expectations and careful drafting.  Inevitably, such agreements can be costly, but we can advise you whether such an agreement is right for you.

We promise that we will

  1. Listen to you
  2. Communicate with you
  3. Advise you and, above all
  4. Fight for you

It may be hard now – but we will see you through to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Contact us by phone or email whenever you are ready.

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Case Ref. T922/2

Clive Barker - very professional and knowledgable. I would consult Clive again if I needed advice in the future. Very efficient service - all staff polite and friendly

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Pre-Nuptials Team

Clive Barker

Solicitor Consultant

Head of Family Law

Clive Barker

Direct Dial:01252 550433

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Clive is a Consultant; he qualified as a Solicitor in 1968 and has always specialised in family law.

He is the Head of our Family Law Department and has a particular interest in difficult or complex financial disputes, and property disputes between unmarried couples.

Jennifer Lee

Solicitor

Family Department

Jennifer Lee

Direct Dial:01252 550432

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Jennifer qualified as a Solicitor in 2014. She specialises in family law and, within that discipline, has particular specialism in disputes over children and domestic violence issues.

Jon Beck

Solicitor/Barrister (New Zealand, non-practising)

Family Department

Jon Beck

Direct Dial:01252 550441

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Jon qualified and practised as a Barrister and Solicitor in his native New Zealand, before moving to the UK in 2010, where he has specialised in family law.

Jon has a particular interest in divorces, the separation of unmarried couples involving difficult property disputes and cases with an international flavour. He has earned particular respect for his success handling cases in which a parent seeks to remove a child from the jurisdiction.