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Experienced family law solicitors and specialists in prenups and prenuptial agreements

This website aims to provide all information you will need if you are considering having a prenup, prior to getting married, including why you should have a prenup, how prenups works, the current law on prenups and possible future changes to the law on prenups. The information on the site applies equally to post nuptial agreements (post nups) and agreements between same sex couples prior to having a civil partnership. Separation agreements between married couples also operate in a similar way.

What are Prenups?

A Prenuptial Agreement (often referred to as a “prenup”) is an agreement entered into by a couple before they get married setting out how they will organise their finances during the marriage and what they would wish to happen in relation to financial matters in the unhappy event of a divorce. Find out more…

Why have a Prenup?

In the UK (England and Wales) prenuptial agreements operate as a means of protecting the wealth of the economically stronger spouse and avoiding or reducing the impact of the English divorce court’s discretionary jurisdiction in relation to the financial aspects of a divorce, which often results in a couple sharing all the assets. Find out more...

How Prenups work?

In order for a prenup to have the best change of being upheld by the court if it is subsequently challenged on the breakdown of a marriage, it is sensible to observe good practice by trying to ensure that it is fair. This covers both the process of negotiating the agreement and the substance of the agreement. Find out more...

Summary of the current law

Prenups are not strictly enforceable or legally binding in the UK (England and Wales). Unlike a commercial contract you cannot sue on a prenup and there is always the possibility that if the marriage breaks down the court will not uphold the terms of the prenup. Prenups, postnups and precivil registration agreements (they all work in the same way) cannot exclude the jurisdiction of the court to deal with financial issues on marriage breakdown, or the breakdown of a civil partnership. Find out more...

The future of prenuptial agreements in the UK (England and Wales) : The work of the Law Commission

The decision of the Supreme Court in Radmacher in 2010 takes the current law as far as it can go in favour of upholding prenups in England and Wales, so long as they are fair. Find out more...

Meet the Team

The prenups team at May May and Merrimans includes Maeve O'Higgins, Susan Black, Vanessa Friend and June Couch. Find out more...

About us: May, May and Merrimans

May, May & Merrimans is a niche private client law firm, based in Gray’s Inn, London WC1 5HH. Private client expertise constitutes the firm's core practice encompassing a range of specialist areas including family law, property, litigation and commercial law. Find out more...

Contact Us

Free initial advice by telephone or email. We offer a free initial advice service by telephone or email. We assess your requirements and provide outline advice about how a prenup could assist in your particular circumstances, at no cost to you and without any obligation for you to instruct us to act for you. Find out more...

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