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Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements
More than ever, couples contemplating marriage or cohabitation are choosing to regulate their own affairs in case their relationships should fail.
Prenuptial agreements (pre-marital) are still not binding on the family court but they are increasingly persuasive if a divorce should follow. The Law Commission is currently consulting upon its proposals to make 'qualifying' nuptial agreements automatically binding in law. We have expertise in drafting these documents, ranging from the very basic to the very complex. We can advise you on the steps to take to maximise the chances of your prenuptial agreement being upheld if your relationship should fail.
Postnuptial agreements (post-marital) are similar to prenuptial agreements in content but they are entered into after a marriage had taken place.
Cohabitation agreements can be entered into by couples who simply wish to live together and/or share ownership of a home. They can regulate the ownership of a property and allocate specific financial responsibilities. The contents are best considered before the cohabitation starts but they can be entered into at any stage of a relationship. Such an agreement will be binding save in very exceptional circumstances.