Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer

Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer

For a brighter future

Looking for a lawyer who truly understands your needs? At Switalskis, we make the process of creating a prenup simple and straightforward. We combine exceptional legal expertise with genuine care to draft a that safeguards your future.

Choosing Switalskis means you’re not just getting a contract - you’re gaining peace of mind. We have years of experience in family law and are committed to securing the best outcomes for you. Our clients trust us to listen, guide and deliver results - all while making you feel supported every step of the way.

To speak to a solicitor about your requirements for a prenuptial agreement, get in touch with us today by calling 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website .

Contact us today and let's start your journey together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

How Switalskis can help

Navigating the world of prenuptial agreements can feel daunting. But don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for. As seasoned lawyers, Switalskis brings expertise and understanding to your unique situation.

Our solicitors will walk you through the process step by step. We help you understand your rights, your partner’s rights and how to protect yourself. No two relationships are the same, and your prenup shouldn’t be either. We offer personalised services that focus on your specific needs and concerns.

If you’re concerned about fees for a prenuptial agreement, we provide clear, upfront pricing, so there are no surprises later on.

Many of our family solicitors are members of Resolution, a leading organisation of specialist family lawyers. This membership assures you that the advice and support you receive will be constructive, professional and in line with the latest best practices. With accredited expertise in financial matters related to married couples, we’re here to offer you all the guidance you need in drawing up a comprehensive prenuptial agreement.

What is a prenuptial agreement?

A or ‘prenup’ is a legal contract created before marriage. It’s a way for both parties to agree on how assets like property, debts and other matters will be managed if the marriage ends in divorce. Many people think prenups are only for the wealthy, but they can benefit anyone. Think of it as a safety net or a financial plan that protects both of you.

What is included in a prenuptial agreement?

So you're considering a and wondering what exactly goes into it? It's a good question. A is like a safety net for both parties involved. It outlines how assets, debts and other financial matters will be handled should the marriage end in divorce. Here's a rundown of what's usually included:

  • Asset distribution: this includes everything from property, cars and even pets. You decide in advance who gets what.
  • Debt management: if one of you has student loans, credit card debt or personal loans, you can specify how this debt will be divided or managed.
  • Income and earnings: this can cover future earning potential, especially if one of you plans to pause a career for family reasons.
  • Spousal support: if one partner will be financially dependent on the other, the agreement can specify any maintenance arrangements.
  • Children from previous relationships: if either of you has children from a previous marriage or relationship, the agreement can outline financial responsibilities.
  • Children of this new relationships: the agreement can include details of responsibilities for school or university costs.
  • Retirement funds and investments: details about how pensions, retirement accounts and investment portfolios would be split can also be included.
  • Business ownership: if one or both of you own a business, the agreement can dictate how that will be handled.
  • Inheritance: you can also include provisions about inheritances.
  • Rights and responsibilities: this section outlines the roles each person will take on during the marriage concerning money management, property and other responsibilities.
  • Provisions for changes in circumstances: including clauses that allow for changes in situations like health, career moves or relocation can be useful.
  • Dispute resolution: you can specify if issues should go to mediation rather than court.

Having a well-drafted can save both parties a lot of stress and financial strain down the road.

Can I make a prenuptial agreement without a lawyer?

You might be tempted to go down the DIY route when it comes to prenuptial agreements. After all, there are plenty of online templates and guides that make it look easy. However, laws around prenups are complex, and a mistake could cost you dearly in the long run. Proceeding without a solicitor carries a set of risks you should be aware of:

  • Lack of legal guidance
  • Lack of clarity
  • Not fully informed
  • Missed assets or debts
  • No professional review
  • Invalidation risks

While you technically can create a without a lawyer, the risks usually outweigh the potential savings. Having a trusted advisor by your side is invaluable, especially when it comes to something as important as safeguarding your future.

For peace of mind and a contract that will stand up in court, it’s always recommended to consult a professional. Our experienced solicitors will help you create a document that’s not just legally sound but also tailored to your unique circumstances.

Do I need a lawyer for a prenuptial agreement?

It’s highly recommended to use a solicitor for a prenuptial for the following reasons:

  • Legal complexity: prenuptial agreements are intended to be legally binding contracts. They need to meet specific legal criteria to be enforceable. A mistake or omission could render your agreement invalid or lead to unintended outcomes in the event of a divorce.
  • Fair representation: both parties need to fully understand the terms they're agreeing to. Having an experienced prenuptial agreement solicitor makes sure that the contract is equitable and that both parties' interests are considered.
  • Asset and debt clarity: your lawyer can help you make a comprehensive list of your assets and debts, making sure that the agreement is thorough and leaves no room for disputes down the line.
  • Stress reduction: discussing financial matters can be emotionally charged, especially when it's with someone you're about to marry. Having a neutral third party guide you through this can make the process smoother and less stressful.
  • Updates and changes: a lawyer can advise you on any future modifications to your prenuptial agreement to make sure it stays up to date and relevant.
  • Avoid DIY risks: While there are templates available online, using one without professional guidance is risky. Each couple's situation is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach is often inadequate.
  • Trust and confidence: knowing that your prenuptial agreement has been drafted by an expert will give you both peace of mind. You can focus on your relationship and future together, knowing that you've taken a wise precautionary step.

When it comes to something as important as a prenuptial agreement, it's best to leave it to the experts.

Costs involved: lawyer fees for prenuptial agreements

Lawyers fees for prenuptial agreements can vary. We’re upfront about costs so you know what to expect. Let’s break down the costs involved.

  • Consultation fees: initially, you'll have a meeting with your prenuptial agreement lawyer to discuss your needs and what you hope to achieve with the agreement. This is generally billed either as a flat fee or on an hourly basis.
  • Document drafting: the core of the service. The lawyer will draft the agreement, making sure all legal guidelines are met and your interests are safeguarded. Costs for this can vary widely depending on complexity.
  • Review and revisions: once the draft is complete, both parties review the document, possibly with their own solicitors. Revisions may be necessary, which could result in additional fees.
  • Notarisation: while not always necessary, some people opt to have the agreement notarised, which would be an additional charge.
  • Unplanned complexities: if issues arise that complicate the agreement (like overseas assets or business ownership), additional legal work may be needed.
  • Post-agreement changes: circumstances change. If you need to amend the agreement down the line, there will be additional costs involved.
  • Future enforcement: while you hope never to use it, enforcing a prenuptial agreement could need further legal support. It's important to ask your prenuptial agreement solicitor about potential future costs should this happen.

It's hard to put a fixed price tag on lawyer fees for prenuptial agreements as it depends on your specific circumstances. However, consider it an investment in your future; a poorly drafted agreement could end up costing you far more in the long run.

FAQs about prenuptial agreements

Is a prenuptial agreement legally binding?

In the UK, a prenup isn't automatically legally binding, but it's given considerable weight by the courts, provided it meets certain conditions.

  • Freely entered into: both parties must voluntarily agree to the prenup, without any coercion or pressure.
  • Full disclosure: each party must fully disclose their assets and liabilities. Hiding anything can render the agreement non-binding.
  • Legal advice: it’s highly advisable that both parties have independent legal advice. This makes the agreement more robust in court.
  • Fairness: the agreement has to be fair to both parties, especially when it comes to financial provisions.
  • Timing: the prenup should be finalised at least 21 days before the wedding to prevent claims of being rushed or pressured.

While the courts will consider these criteria, they'll also look at the current circumstances at the time of divorce. If significant changes have happened that make the prenup unfair, it will not be upheld.

What can’t go into a prenuptial agreement?

There are limits to what can be included in a prenuptial agreement. Examples include:

  • Child custody: decisions about child custody and child support can't usually be dictated by a prenup. Courts will always consider what’s in the best interests of the child at the time of the divorce, not what was agreed upon beforehand.
  • Non-financial duties: you can't include provisions about non-financial aspects of your relationship, like household chores or frequency of visits to the in-laws.
  • Illegal provisions: anything illegal or that encourages divorce will be automatically excluded.
  • Personal preferences: outlining things like dietary habits or holiday choices usually won’t hold up in court.

Knowing what can and can't be included, and whether the agreement is legally binding, are good reasons to consult a lawyer. At Switalskis, we're experts in this field.

Can I get a prenuptial agreement if I am already married?

If you’re already legally married but you wish to have a prenup drawn up, there is another option called a postnuptial agreement. This is essentially the same as a but it can be made after entering a marriage.

Contact us today and let's start your journey together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

Our Prenuptial Agreement Lawyers

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Allan LayfieldDirector and Solicitor
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Why Switalskis?

At Switalskis, we're not your run-of-the-mill law firm. We've got something special, and here's why you should consider us for your needs:

Clarity in complexity

Navigating the world of prenuptial agreements can seem daunting, but we're experts at making complex matters clear. We break down the legal jargon into straightforward, easy-to-understand language. We pride ourselves on simplifying things for you, making sure you know exactly what you're getting into, and how it benefits you.

Empathy at every step

Discussing a prenup can be a sensitive issue. You're not just another case to us; you're a person with real emotions and concerns. We listen, we understand and we guide you through each stage with the empathy and support you deserve. We want you to feel comfortable and reassured throughout the whole process.

Expertise you can trust

We're not new to this. Our team of skilled lawyers has years of experience and in-depth knowledge. We're committed to providing the finest legal support available. Our track record speaks for itself, so rest assured, you're in expert hands.

Championing your rights

We're here to make sure that your interests are safeguarded, come what may. Our approach is both caring and determined, advocating for what is right and fair according to the law. We won't just go through the motions; we'll actively champion your rights, making sure your stands up to scrutiny.

Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you’re thinking about making a or just need some reliable guidance, we’re here to help. We’ll bring clarity to your questions, empathise with your concerns, and offer you legal expertise you can truly count on.

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