Pre Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements

When couples are planning on living together or marrying, we strongly recommend planning at the outset about what should happen in the unfortunate situation of the relationship breaking down.

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There are significant financial implications in cohabiting and entering into marriage and, as with other situations that arise throughout your life, it is an opportunity to review your financial situation and consider what you would like to occur in certain scenarios.

Entering into a cohabitation agreement or a pre-nuptial agreement can avoid the necessity for there to be substantial correspondence or litigation if the relationship subsequently breaks down and significant weight is given to agreements entered into fairly and with the benefit of considered legal advice.

We can advise you on the merits of entering into such agreements and can prepare the documentation for you. It is always advisable for such documentation to be prepared as soon as possible and well in advance of the cohabitation or marriage occurring.

Our Family Law Team can advise about the timescales and costs to be incurred for preparing such agreements.

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    Ainsley Pritchard - Head of department

    Ainsley qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 and has specialised in family and matrimonial law throughout her career. She joined Dootsons in 2011 and is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers. Ainsley is also a fully qualified Family Mediator and is a member of the Family Mediators Association.