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Prenuptial Agreements: Providing Financial Certainty In Your Relationship

Love and money aren’t always topics couples want to discuss in the same conversation, especially in the early ‘romance bubble’ days.

Thinking about how to split assets if things fall apart in ten years isn’t necessarily aligned with most people’s romantic ideals.

However, it’s much easier than making these decisions amidst a relationship breakdown when negative emotions can run high.

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So, What Exactly Is A Prenuptial Agreement, And Is It Right For Us?

A prenup is a legally binding contract drawn up for couples before marriage or becoming de facto, and a postnup is similar – except it occurs after these events. It spells out how assets would be divided in the event of a relationship breakdown and can also detail arrangements for the care of children.

While some people find the concept of prenuptial agreements uncomfortable, many others see them as a pragmatic approach to proactively managing relationship law. Many relationships don’t last forever, and it can be challenging to make logical choices about property settlement amidst the emotions of divorce or separation.

Having a prenuptial (or postnuptial) agreement offers security and clarity if things don’t go as planned and peace of mind no matter what happens.

What Are The Benefits Of Having A Prenuptial Agreement In Place?

One of the most significant advantages of a prenuptial agreement is that it can prevent family law disputes later on. It can also make property settlement far less complicated, significantly reducing emotional stress and legal costs. Both parties will already have a clear idea of how things will look if the relationship breaks down.

A prenup agreement allows both partners to disclose their financial situation early on and create an exit plan, so to speak if the people decide to divorce or separate in the future. It’s essential to chat with experienced prenup agreement lawyers before signing anything, though, to ensure the agreement is fair, equitable, and legally sound.

Our legal strategies are designed to give both partners peace of mind and allow them to be secure and informed about their financial future.

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We Are Thinking About Getting A Prenuptial Agreement, What Else Do We Need to Consider?

Prenups must be drawn up correctly to ensure they can be legally upheld. This means that both parties need to make sure that they are making an informed decision and have access to independent legal advice before signing anything.

This is so neither party can be coerced into signing an agreement or making an agreement without knowing how it may affect them in the future. Getting specialist family law advice and chatting with a financial planner are essential steps to ensure the financial agreement you make will stand up in court.

Our legal strategies create peace of mind and allow both partners to be secure and informed about their financial future. We offer expert advice and representation for all family law issues.

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Our team of specialist family lawyers is dedicated to providing comprehensive guidance and support while drafting your prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. We ensure that your agreements are legally sound, fair, and equitable.

With our expertise, you can confidently navigate the complexities of these agreements. We provide clear guidance and transparency at every step, helping you make informed decisions that protect your interests and secure your financial future.

How to Work with Testart Family Lawyers on Your Prenuptial Agreement

From your initial consultation to finalising your prenuptial agreement, we’ll prioritise your future security and wellbeing. Contact the team at Testart Family Lawyers today for a complimentary appointment, and let us assist you through this important process.

Step 1: Book Your Free Appointment

Reach out to our team to secure your initial free appointment.

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Step 2: Develop Your Plan Of Action

We’ll discuss the specifics of your prenuptial agreement and outline a clear plan to move forward.

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Step 3: Partner With Us For Guidance

Engage our team to manage your prenuptial agreement, and we’ll handle the rest with expertise and care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can our prenup include?

A prenup (or postnup) can include pretty much everything that would be considered in a property settlement and parenting arrangements, such as:

  • How assets will be divided, as well as debts and liabilities
  • Ongoing financial responsibilities after the relationship ends – such as who pays a mortgage, spousal maintenance and child support payable
  • Details for child support payments that can be drafted into a binding child support agreement
  • How superannuation and self-managed superannuation funds will be allocated
  • Where your children – if you have any – or decide to have them later on, will live
  • How family trusts will be managed and businesses will be divided

Why do we need to obtain independent legal advice before signing a binding financial agreement?

The Family Law Act requires both parties to obtain independent legal advice, and each partner must obtain a signed statement from their legal advisor to show that this has occurred.

Getting independent legal advice ensures both parties understand their rights and obligations under the agreement.

How do we obtain a prenuptial agreement?

Have a mutual discussion with your partner to understand each other’s financial situation, including assets and debts, and goals for the prenuptial agreement. From here, you can engage a qualified prenup lawyer who understands the legal framework surrounding prenups to guide you through the process.

Your lawyer will draft the prenup, either independently or with the assistance of other prenup lawyers and financial advisors, to detail the division of assets, liabilities, and financial obligations in the event of the relationship ending.

Both parties must obtain independent legal advice from separate lawyers to review the drafted agreement and ensure each party understands their rights and obligations under the contract before signing it.

Get in touch with our highly professional team today for comprehensive advice on financial agreements.

What is full and frank disclosure for a prenuptial agreement?

When organising a prenup, both parties must provide completely accurate financial details, in the same way that would be necessary during a divorce or separation property settlement.

If you are unsure how to do this, get advice from a specialist family law firm well-versed in the financial agreements made under the Family Law Act.

What’s the difference between a prenup and a consent order?

Consent orders are legal documents approved by a court that outline the terms of a financial or parenting agreements, during or after a divorce or separation.

Consent orders can only be made after separation, whereas a prenuptial agreement can be made before a relationship reaches de facto or married status.

Prenups do not require court approval; a court must approve consent orders. Many couples find that prenuptial agreements offer more flexibility in planning and future-proofing their financial arrangements.

What are the benefits of having a prenuptial in place?

Prenups offer clarity and clearly outline financial responsibilities, property settlements, parenting arrangements and asset division. This often reduces conflict, minimising disputes in the event of a relationship breakdown. It also allows people to avoid ending up in the Federal Circuit & Family Court of Australia if they are unable to reach an agreement. They can also be helpful to protect the assets of one or both parties, as well as any inheritances.

What are the costs involved with preparing an agreement?

Costs for preparing an agreement generally include legal fees for drafting and reviewing it, as well as independent legal advice for both parties. Additional fees can be attributed to other professionals, such as accountants and financial advisors, who are involved in the process.

What is a postnuptial agreement?

Postnuptial agreements (postnups) are similar to prenups but are created after a marriage or de facto relationship has begun. These agreements help manage financial matters and provide clarity on asset division.

Do binding financial agreements stand up in court?

Yes, binding financial agreements generally stand up in court if properly drafted and executed. They must comply with strict legal requirements and include independent legal advice for both parties.

Why do I have to obtain independent legal advice?

Independent legal advice ensures both parties fully understand the terms and implications of the binding financial agreement, making it legally enforceable and protecting against future disputes. Both parties will need to have a signed statement confirming that they have both consulted with their own lawyers for the agreement to be valid.

Are there advantages compared to Consent Orders?

Yes, binding financial agreements offer more flexibility and privacy – and can be tailored to specific needs, whereas consent orders require court approval and may involve stricter judicial scrutiny. There is a greater capacity to avoid family disputes later on; it provides more certainty about each party’s financial circumstances (in or out of the relationship), and a BFA can protect the wealth of one or both parties where there are significant assets in the shared pool.

How is a binding financial agreement seen under the Family Law Act?

A binding financial agreement is a legally enforceable document under the Family Law Act that outlines how assets, financial resources, and liabilities will be divided between parties in case of separation or divorce.

Is it worth getting a binding financial agreement?

Yes, a binding financial agreement can provide certainty, protect assets, and potentially reduce legal costs and disputes in the event of a relationship breakdown.

Can I write my own binding financial agreement?

You can draw up what you’d like to have in your BFA with your partner (or ex-partner), but it needs to be drafted by a legal professional and include independent legal advice for both parties to be legally enforceable.

Does a binding financial agreement override a will?

No, a binding financial agreement does not override a will. It specifically addresses the division of assets upon separation, while a will deals with asset distribution after death.