This is a live issue particularly these days as no-fault divorce has been introduced to lower the temperature between couples who just want to move on without acrimony.
We see a lot of partners who come to see us about buying a house together after, perhaps, previous divorces of their own or simply marrying later in life, both scenarios becoming more and more common. In these circumstances, the couple are likely to have assets of their own that they want to use to contribute towards a purchase of a home together.
This can cause difficulties later down the line if your marriage doesn’t work out. There may be disputes about each of your financial contributions that you cannot resolve because relations between you have broken down, an understandable consequence of separation. To prevent this, there are two very important legal instruments that you can engage us to prepare. As your matrimonial lawyers, we can help you prepare a pre-nuptial agreement to show that of you do separate, there is a better chance that your respective asset contributions to your marriage are protected.
As your property lawyers, there is a Deed of Trust available to you to show how the property that you buy together is owned, perhaps in unequal shares. Whichever route you choose, it is vital that you enquire about this with us before launching into an ill thought-out joint property ownership agreement that does not fairly reflect your individual asset contributions to the marriage.
If you recognize this scenario in your own life, please contact us about these issues. We are not here to fight all the time for you. We are also here to protect you from a fight in the future that benefits nobody. We continue to offer you a free initial half-hour advice session so that you can talk to us confidentially and get a good idea about how you can preserve peace of mind in your new life.
If you are going through a similar situation and need assistance regarding Pre-nuptial Agreements, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team of legal experts is here to help you understand and work through the legal system and provide you with the support and guidance you need. You can reach us by phone, email, or fill in our Enquiry Form, and we will be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss your case in detail.