If you wish to regulate any agreement in relation to finances prior to marrying you can enter into a Prenuptial Agreement. Be advised that on divorce they are not legally binding but can be extremely persuasive as long as they are entered into correctly. Prenuptial agreements can be very useful where one party has for example significant assets or where the parties have been married before.
Second time marriages benefit greatly from ‘Pre nups’ as the document can provide assurance for the ‘first’ family and also address what is to happen to any assets pre dating this marriage.
Prenuptial agreements can for example ring fence inherited assets in the event of a marriage breakdown.
Please be advised that Pre nuptial agreements are not legally binding agreements but may be persuasive dependant upon the circumstances prevailing at the time they were entered in to and the facts in existence when the marriage breaks down. You may also wish to enter into post nuptial agrement once you have got married.
Both parties need to seek individual legal advice prior to entering into a prenuptial agreement and will also have to make full and frank disclosure of their financial circumstances.
The practice is delighted to share with you the news that The Legal 500 has noted Hawkins Family Law as a “Leading Firm” for the second year running and as being best known for handling high-value financial remedy cases. Key names include Jo Hawkins (who has “a wealth of experience”’), Annabel Hayward, who provides “sound and pragmatic advice”, and Loraine Davenport. The Legal 500, 2016.
Hawkins Family Law’s “exemplary“ team is ‘very good on pre-nuptial agreements and with high-net-worth clients’. Jo Hawkins has ‘strong experience and a commercial approach’; Loraine Davenport ‘fights her clients’ corner, but knows when it is in a client’s interests to settle’; and Annabel Hayward is ‘a pragmatic lawyer with a cool head’. The Legal 500, 2015.
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Hawkins Family Law are pleased to share with you that they have been quoted in the Chambers Guides UK 2016 as a “well-regarded family law boutique, notably active on ancillary relief and children matters. Ability to provide alternative dispute resolution options with mediation and arbitration experience.”