“Pre-nups” & Marital Agreements

The financial consequences of separation or divorce can be not only stressful, but hugely expensive.

If you and your partner cannot agree how to divide your money and property, then ultimately a Judge will decide for you.

Outcomes are notoriously uncertain because there is no “formula” by which your money and property will be divided. There are no rules to govern division but simply a series of guidelines. The ultimate test is what the Judge considers “fair and reasonable” in the particular circumstances of your case but different judges take different views, and so the whole experience carries a substantial risk.

Wouldn’t it make sense, therefore, to have some agreement before you and your partner marry or start your relationship, about what should happen if you split up?

You can make an agreement before the marriage, known as a “pre-nuptial agreement”, or after the marriage (a “post-marital agreement”) setting out what you both want to happen if you should split up. Such agreements can cover the division of savings, pensions, household contents and presents, whether acquired or belonging to one of you before the relationship, or acquired since.

This may be particularly important for those bringing substantial wealth into a new relationship, or who have children from a previous relationship whose future inheritance they would wish to protect.

Of course such agreements are not for everyone; they may not be very romantic but they are a sensible choice, giving you security and peace of mind if things don’t work out as planned.

For further information about pre-nups please contact Simon Nellar on 01904 528383 or email sfn@hethertons.co.uk.

To download our Guide to Pre-nups, click here.

Family Law Team

What Our Clients Say

Ms S, Harrogate

"I would definitely use the services again if needed."
2017-05-08T15:32:22+00:00
"I would definitely use the services again if needed."

Mr H, York

"Hethertons Solicitor have provided there most professional advice and help in making my divorce painless over the last 2 years."
2017-01-09T13:19:03+00:00
"Hethertons Solicitor have provided there most professional advice and help in making my divorce painless over the last 2 years."

Mr S, York

"Hethertons Solicitors has guided me through a very difficult separation and divorce over the last year. He has given pragmatic advice in clear English with patience and empathy."
2015-07-10T15:01:10+00:00
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Mrs S, York

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2017-03-20T17:15:48+00:00
"Hethertons Solicitors handled my mediation in a sensitive and unbiased way. He managed to put me at ease and alleviate many of my worries in potentially painful circumstances."

Mrs L, York

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2015-12-16T10:21:10+00:00
"I felt Hethertons Solicitors handled everything with a real degree of compassion and never lost sight of my needs throughout."

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"Simon provides extremely wise counsel and a calm head in what can be difficult negotiations. In the 5 years Simon has acted for me, he has always delivered the best result possible and I am extremely grateful for his dedication and hard work in my legal affairs."
2017-07-26T11:36:17+00:00
"Simon provides extremely wise counsel and a calm head in what can be difficult negotiations. In the 5 years Simon has acted for me, he has always delivered the best result possible and I am extremely grateful for his dedication and hard work in my legal affairs."

Mr S, York

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2015-09-29T10:21:54+00:00
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2016-06-20T11:03:47+00:00
“I take this opportunity to sincerely thank Hethertons Solicitors for helping throughout this difficult period for both my ex-wife and myself. Hethertons Solicitors was very professional and very skillful in the way that he dealt with the mediation.”

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2017-01-09T13:29:30+00:00
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2015-07-10T15:04:58+00:00
"I found Hethertons advice and counsel caring towards me as your client and extremely professional."

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2017-01-20T14:41:33+00:00
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2015-07-10T16:08:53+00:00
"After my first meeting I felt as though I was in safe hands and I could trust Hethertons Solicitors. I was helped to put things into perspective which helped clear my mind of all the unimportant issues. "

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2017-07-19T10:24:44+00:00
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2015-07-10T15:04:02+00:00
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2015-07-10T15:04:40+00:00
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2017-01-06T10:08:23+00:00
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Mr M, York

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2017-05-22T15:12:06+00:00
"The help provided by Hethertons was invaluable and extremely supportive during difficult and somewhat traumatic times."