Pre-wedding checklist, have you thought of everything?

The pre-wedding checklist now has a new essential: The pre-nuptial agreement. Celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have all been reported to have taken advantage of the pre-nuptial agreement.

Although you may feel that you have nothing in common with any of the above, in modern society pre-nuptial agreements are no longer just for the rich and famous!

Courts in the United Kingdom are starting to recognise the importance of parties’ autonomy and will consider pre-nuptial agreements when all the correct procedures are followed and conditions are met.  

With pre-nuptial agreements you can agree what you want for the future before the marriage. As you are entering into an agreement of how the assets will be split if the marriage was to end, representing autonomy and respect from either party.

Even if you have modest assets the actual concept behind the agreement is the same and is a fair efficient way of protecting yourself and any assets. You may have sentimental items or inheritance you want to protect, also many people are getting married later in life. Meaning they may have assets prior to marriage they want to protect; pre-nuptial agreements can enable people to ring fence pre-owned assets

During a divorce there can be a lot of emotional strain; Pre-nuptial agreements can be an effective way of reducing a stressful and longwinded procedure through the courts if a relationship ends. As when making the agreement each party has the opportunity to calmly consider their position before the marriage and any wishes they would have after. Further the procedure of making the pre-nuptial agreement requires each party to take independent legal advice, allowing for you to clearly and fairly plan for the future and respect each other in doing this.

So, is a pre-nuptial agreement in your pre-wedding checklist?

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