Prenuptial Agreements2023-08-21T08:19:29+00:00

Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a legal document drawn up between a couple before their marriage to outline how each of their assets would be divided in the event of a divorce.

Prenuptial Agreement (or ‘prenup’)

Assets including property, debts and income are usually covered in a typical prenuptial agreement to help couples avoid financial surprises if the relationship were to break down.

Prenuptial agreements are normally put in place when one party already has, or is likely to acquire, more assets than the other. For example, those with a large inheritance, landowners, business owners, couples marrying in later life, or who may be entering into a second marriage.

The purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to provide clarity for couples regarding how their assets would be divided in the event of a relationship breakdown. Typical prenuptial agreements cover:

  • Protecting children’s inheritance or specific assets
  • Protecting inherited money, assets or savings
  • Allowing one partner to retain full control of business ownership
  • Giving you both a say in how assets will be split if you decide to divorce
  • Protecting you from your partner’s debt

What should be included in a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement will contain an inventory of assets and how you both wish for them to be looked after during your marriage, and how they would be split in the event of a relationship breakdown. If there are assets you would not want to be divided or split if you were to divorce, these should also be included in your prenuptial agreement.

Clauses usually include:

  • Property held in your sole or joint names
  • Savings and premium bonds
  • Stocks and shares
  • Business interests
  • Pensions
  • Income
  • Inheritance

When signing your prenuptial agreement, you will decide whether one partner keeps the assets, or if you split them (and what portion each of your will receive). A prenuptial agreement could prevent your partner from automatically receiving a share of your assets in a divorce settlement.


Please see below for our most frequently asked question. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us.

How long before a wedding should a prenup be signed?2023-05-09T18:24:26+00:00

A prenuptial agreement should be signed at least 28 days before the marriage.

Can your prenuptial agreement be modified after your marriage?2023-05-09T18:23:38+00:00

A prenuptial agreement cannot be modified once you’re married. However, postnuptial agreements are a great alternative if you want to change the terms.

How long does a prenuptial agreement last?2023-05-09T18:19:43+00:00

A prenuptial agreement is a contract between you and your partner that lasts for the full duration of your marriage.

Can you protect your pension with a prenuptial agreement?2023-05-09T18:18:36+00:00

Many who are marrying later in life or for a second time do not want to risk losing part of their pension in a divorce settlement, so you can protect this with a prenuptial agreement.

What does a prenuptial agreement cost?2023-05-09T18:28:54+00:00

The cost of prenuptial agreements varies on a case by case basis and your requirements as a couple. Call us on 0161 672 2267 or complete the form below for a no obligation quote.

When will the court refuse to enforce a prenuptial agreement?2023-05-09T18:26:04+00:00

The Supreme Court set out the following three factors that will increase the likelihood of a prenuptial agreement being upheld in court proceedings:

  1. It must be freely entered into
  2. Both parties must understand the implications
  3. It should not be unfair and hold parties to their agreement in the circumstances prevailing.
Are prenuptial agreements legally binding in the UK?2023-05-09T18:20:34+00:00

Whilst prenuptial agreements are not currently legally binding in the UK, they are becoming more and more accepted by the courts as proof of a couple’s intentions should they wish to divorce in the future.

Does a prenup protect future earnings?2023-05-09T18:19:08+00:00

Yes, if you want to protect future earnings within your prenuptial agreement, you can include a clause for future income.

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