Pre Nuptial Agreements

The law is developing in this area and family law advice is essential to ensure that a pre nuptial agreement, civil partnership agreement or cohabitation agreement is prepared properly.

Are these agreement binding?

It is commonly said that pre nuptial agreements are ‘not worth the paper they are written on’. This is not true. Whilst a nuptial agreement will not currently bind a court automatically, it will be a very persuasive document and there has been a willingness from the courts to keep people to such an agreement.

When people wish to live together, marry or enter into civil partnership issues can arise about protecting wealth both now, for example, to recognise pre acquired wealth or in the future, for example, by way of a future gift or inheritance.

How we can help

It is possible to attempt to protect or ring fence such wealth by way of a:

    • a pre nuptial agreement (also known as a pre marital agreement) for marrying couples
    • a pre civil partnership agreement for same sex couples who are to enter into a civil partnership
    • a post nuptial agreement (also known as a post marital agreement) for couples who are already married
    • a cohabitation agreement for those couples simply living together


For further advice in relation to pre nuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements, pre-civil partnership agreements or cohabitation agreements or an informal chat with an experienced family lawyer please contact Maguire Family Law by telephone +44 (0) 1625 544650 or by email: