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SINCE WHEN DID BEING RESPONSIBLE MEAN YOU CAN’T BE ROMANTIC? Historically, Pre-Nuptial Agreements have been a vehicle for the rich and famous but times are changing. Pre-Nups are becoming increasingly popular, particularly for couples with children, substantive or inherited assets or those entering into a second marriage. Until recently, the status of these Agreements under British divorce law has been unclear. British divorce Courts already recognise the potential enforceability of Pre-Nups, as demonstrated by the 2010 case involving German Heiress Katrin Radmacher, who sought to protect her assets, in the event of a marriage breakdown. However, the Law Commission has recently advised the Government on recommendations for PreNuptial Agreements to become legally binding, providing:    

both partners have obtained independent legal advice both partners have disclosed all relevant financial information the agreement is made at least 28 days before the wedding or civil partnership. Above all, the over arching principle of children’s needs has been taken into account in the event of separation.

In the same way that couples discuss having children, financial matters and housing before marriage, should Pre-Nuptial Agreements become the norm, perhaps the day will come when they will be given the same consideration, and not be viewed as devoid of romance but an important and acceptable process.

To find out more about PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS contact Sarah Bradford. Sarah is offering a FREE 40 MINUTE APPOINTMENT* on the following family matters: Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements I Cohabitation Agreements/Issues Divorce/Civil Partnerships I Matrimonial Finances I Children-related issues

T: 01483 411503 E: s.bradford@downslaw.co.uk WHERE WE ARE IN GODALMING Downs Solicitors LLP The Tanners, 75 Meadrow, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3HS T: 01483 861848

F: 01483 861856 www.downslaw.co.uk

* Places are limited and subject to availability. This offer expires on 31 May 2014. Please quote VP0614..

VantagePoint Magazine May 2014 - Godalming & Cranleigh  

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VantagePoint Magazine May 2014 - Godalming & Cranleigh  

The local magazine produced by local people for the local community

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