Prepare your future for every possibility by making a postnuptial agreement. Similar to a prenuptial agreement, a postnup will set out exactly who owns what in your marriage and how finances should be divided if you decide to break up in the future.
At Crisp & Co, we offer specialist family law services to clients across the UK. We know that talking about the possibility of divorce or civil partnership dissolution is not particularly pleasant. However, postnuptial agreements (often shortened to postnups) can prevent a lot of conflict in the future.
Making decisions about how to split your finances fairly now is likely to be a lot easier than leaving it to divorce proceedings (if that time ever comes). It can also provide you with certainty that your future will be financially secure regardless of what happens in your personal life.
When negotiating a postnuptial agreement, methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) such as family mediation and collaborative law can come in handy. Although your matter is not a dispute as such, ADR can provide a safe, neutral environment for you and your spouse to work collaboratively and air any concerns with the support and guidance of either a qualified mediator or collaborative lawyer.
What is a postnuptial agreement?
A postnuptial agreement is a document you and your spouse can create and sign after you get married. The document will set out how you both want to deal with important issues such as division of finances if you decide to divorce or dissolve your civil partnership in the future.
Our postnuptial agreement solicitors’ expertise
Our postnuptial agreement service includes:
- Advice about the law on postnuptial agreements in the UK
- Helping you decide whether a postnup is right for you
- Helping you negotiate and agree the terms of the postnup with your spouse
- Drafting a strong and clear agreement on your behalf to protect your financial interests in the unfortunate event of divorce or dissolution
- Helping you resolve any disputes which arise during the process
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Postnups require big decisions about who owns what and how you want to split your finances if you divorce in the future. This includes things like who gets to keep the family home, how much child maintenance or spousal maintenance either party will be responsible for, and who gets to retain control of the family businesses.
Our ADR services can help you work through these decisions in a harmonious, cooperative environment, minimising the risk for any conflict over the matter. We offer two main methods of ADR – family mediation and collaborative family law.
Mediation involves attending a series of meetings with your spouse and a qualified mediator. The mediator can guide your conversation and draft your agreement on your behalf. Our team includes Henry Crisp, a trained mediator and partner of our firm.
Collaborative family law involves attending a series of meetings with your spouse and your respective collaborative lawyers to discuss your postnuptial agreement. Your lawyers are there to guide you and provide legal advice. You can also invite other experts such as independent financial advisors so collaborative law is often a good option for High Net Worth Individuals and/or couples with complicated finances. Our team includes trained collaborative lawyers, Henry Crisp and Carol Christofi.