It used to be the position in England that nothing agreed between a couple could have any impact on the outcome of family court proceedings. Often such agreements were given no weight whatsoever.
However, thanks to a series of cases leading up to a 2010 Supreme Court decision (Radmacher in October 2010), English law has now developed so that premarital agreements, marital agreements and other family law agreements are given substantial weight. Quite possibly the terms of an agreement will be followed into an order of the court.
Key points to bear in mind are:
We deal with many cases involving marital agreements entered into abroad and we are very conscious of the different, often lesser, requirements for agreements in many countries.
Although prenuptial agreements have not yet fully entered into English culture, an increasing number of couples are asking for such agreements and we have extensive experience in preparing them for both UK-based and international families.