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Can I draft my own prenup in the UK?

You can, in theory, write your own prenup, however this is not recommended.

While the idea of writing your own prenuptial agreement may seem appealing, saving time and money, it's important to understand the potential risks involved. At present, prenuptial agreements are not legally binding documents. However, if you hope to have a court consider the terms outlined in a prenup, it must be prepared in a specific way. One of the key parts of this includes ensuring that both parties have received proper legal advice regarding the agreement's implications.

When might you consider getting a prenup?

Considering a prenuptial agreement (prenup) can be a wise decision in various life situations to protect your assets and interests in case of a marriage breakdown. If you're entering into a marriage with significant property or assets that you want to safeguard in the event of a divorce, getting a prenup is a recommended step. This is particularly relevant if you're concerned about protecting your property if the marriage doesn't work out.

Similarly, if you're about to remarry and have received a settlement from a previous marriage, a prenup can help limit any potential claims on that settlement if the subsequent marriage ends in divorce. This ensures that the assets obtained from the previous settlement remain protected and separate from the new marital assets.

For widows or widowers considering remarriage, a prenup can be essential to safeguard assets acquired prior to the new marriage. This provides peace of mind by protecting your assets in case of another marriage breakdown, ensuring that your inheritance and financial security remain intact.

If you're worried about potential disputes over asset division in the event of a divorce, a prenup can help clarify property rights and minimise conflicts. This can save both time and money by avoiding lengthy legal battles over asset distribution.

Lastly, if you're entering into a new marriage and have children from a previous relationship, a prenup can ensure that your assets are protected for the benefit of your children in the event of a divorce. By outlining your intentions regarding asset distribution in the prenup, you can ensure that your children's inheritance is secured even if the new relationship ends.

How long before a wedding should a prenup be signed in the UK?

How long before a wedding should a prenup be signed in the UK?

In most cases, it's necessary for both parties to sign a prenuptial agreement at least 28 days before the scheduled wedding date. This timeframe allows both parties to receive proper legal advice before signing, ensuring fairness and preventing coercion. 

Negotiating and agreeing on the terms of a prenuptial agreement can take several months, so it's often beneficial to start the process well in advance of the wedding date. This prevents any rush and stress before the big day and allows for thorough consideration of all aspects of the agreement on both sides.

Do you need a lawyer for a prenup UK?

Without the help of a legal expert, writing your own prenup could lead to problems. You should think about when the agreement needs updating, especially if there are big changes in your partner's finances or if you have children. It's best to talk to a family lawyer who knows about prenuptial agreements. They can make sure your agreement covers everything it should and is legally solid, even if you don't ask them to write it for you.

Avoid using pre-made prenuptial agreements because they might not fit your situation. With a lawyer's help, you can create a prenup that's right for you, protecting your interests and making sure your intentions are clear and legally binding.

How Can GloverPriest Help?

At GloverPriest, we provide friendly and transparent family law advice. If you would like further help on prenups, please don’t hesitate to speak to one of our expert family lawyers today. Complete our enquiry form. 

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