Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements

Protecting your interests

Here at Hart Brown, we understand that pre-nuptial agreements are not the first thing you want to think about if you are planning a wedding or entering into a civil partnership. If you have assets or family wealth that you wish to protect then you may want to consider a pre-nuptial agreement. A pre-nuptial agreement is signed before the wedding and will set out what will happen to assets and income in the event of a divorce or dissolution.

It is a common misconception that pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements are just for the wealthy and famous, this is not always the case. If you have a business, significant savings or own a property before you get married then this could be a beneficial option to you. Pre-nuptial agreements are also useful for those marrying later in life or marrying for a second time and wish to safeguard inherited assets and ensure assets pass to children from a previous marriage.

If you did not have time to deal with a pre-nuptial agreement before your wedding it is possible to enter into a post-nuptial agreement. A post-nuptial agreement is signed after the marriage and can be considered if you have received an unexpected inheritance or started a business during the marriage. They can also be useful if there have been marital difficulties and you want to have clarity on how assets will be divided on divorce.

Pre-nuptial agreements are not currently legally enforceable but are increasingly being upheld by the courts if certain conditions are met and it provides for a fair and reasonable outcome. It is therefore important to start discussions with your partner as early as possible, have a clear picture of the assets you each have and for both parties to take separate legal advice.

Our solicitors can advise you on your options should you wish to protect your assets when you get married or enter into a civil partnership.  Our solicitors will take you through the advantages and disadvantages of entering into an agreement and tailor the agreement to your particular circumstances taking into account your long term interests.

Get in touch today on 01483 887766 or start a live chat to speak to one of our specialist family solicitors about pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Who to contact

Sharon Powell-Head of Family

Sharon Powell

Partner, Head of Family

Sharon Powell-Head of Family

Partner, Head of Family

Sharon Powell

Sharon has over 20 years experience in all aspects of family law and in particular the financial aspects of high value divorces. Sharon is a trained collaborative lawyer and she is particularly experienced in resolving medium to high net worth finances as well as children disputes including alienation.

She is a Resolution member and qualified in mediation and collaborative family law.

“A break up of a relationship is very sad for everyone concerned” says Sharon. “I believe that our role is to try and help both parties reach a solution which they are both happy with. When feelings are running high this can sometimes be difficult but I believe we can make a difference”.

Sharon is often thanked by her clients for her sympathetic and supportive approach through a traumatic time in their lives.

Her most memorable case was in a divorce where financial matters involving significant assets were resolved amicably yet parties persisted to argue about kitchen utensils!

Sharon qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Hart Brown in 2007 becoming a partner a few months later.

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    Dimple Patel

    Associate, Family Law

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    Associate, Family Law

    Dimple Patel

    Dimple is an Associate Solicitor in the family law department. She qualified as a solicitor in 2007 after reading law at City University and has worked as a family solicitor in both Surrey and London. She joined Hart Brown in 2022.

    Her practice involves advising on all aspects of family law and in particular the financial aspects of divorce and dissolution of civil partnership. She has extensive experience in negotiating financial settlements and advises clients with substantial assets including family businesses, pensions, trusts, foreign assets and inherited wealth as well as clients with more modest income and assets. She also deals with the variation and enforcement of existing financial orders.

    Dimple assists clients to protect assets and family wealth through prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She also assists cohabiting couples with cohabitation agreements, financial and property disputes as well as financial claims for children of unmarried parents under Schedule 1 Children Act.

    Dimple has considerable experience advising on arrangements for children following divorce and separation including relocation of children both within England and Wales and abroad. She also assists clients where there are concerns around domestic abuse through personal protection injunctions such as Non-Molestation and Occupations Orders.

    Dimple is a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. She aims to provide practical, tailored advice to enable her clients to make informed choices with a focus on early settlement.

    Dimple often receives wonderful feedback from her clients, here are just a few testimonials.

    “Dimple is very professional and reliable. I was able to always count on her excellent advice, quick responses to my queries and sympathetic balanced communications with all parties. I would whole heartedly recommend her to anyone dealing with family legal issues”

    “Dimple quickly understood the challenges I was facing and we spoke a lot on the phone which I found helpful and calming. She is very bright, professional and warm and just the person one needs when dealing with difficult and unfamiliar issues. Dimple is committed, has good judgment and eye for detail. She is a highly competent solicitor and I highly recommend her.”

    “Thank you so much for your help, support and advice through this difficult process. I appreciate all you’ve done and look forward to a brighter future, thanks to your help”

    “Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me. You were so easy to work with at every stage of the game and I really appreciated having you to turn to. I still can’t believe how smoothly everything went! And the good news is, I’m genuinely finding happiness again in my life.”

    “Thank you for your assistance and support over the last few years in relation to my difficult and challenging divorce proceedings and help to conclude the child matters with the best result I could have hoped for. I appreciate all your efforts on my case. I am so happy that I am spending quality time with my son and that he is getting to know his extended paternal family. Thank you for helping to make this happen.”

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