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Post-civil partnership agreements

Vardags is a top family law firm for post-civil partnership agreements; please call us on 020 7404 9390 or email us to make an appointment to come and see us.

Introduction to post-civil partnership agreements

Vardags made history in 2010 as the landslide victors in the Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino which changed the law on prenuptial agreements in England and Wales so that they are now enforceable unless unfair. In this case it was also held that agreements reached after the date of the marriage known as postnuptial agreements carry identical weight through the courts. It has therefore become increasingly common for parties to formalise their financial arrangements and promises to each other after their marriage to allow them a greater level of certainty and autonomy in the event of permanent separation or divorce. These agreements, together with pre-civil partnership agreements, should be frequently reviewed with the benefit of legal advice throughout the civil partnership in order to ensure that they remain fair in the parties’ changing circumstances. Pre-civil partnership agreements and post-civil partnership agreements are commonly reviewed upon the occurrence of significant events such as the birth of a child, one party’s retirement, a fundamental change to the relationship or a shift in either party’s financial circumstances or if a pre-civil partnership agreement cannot be prepared in good time before the civil partnership ceremony. For more details please see our guide to post-civil partnership agreements.

How Vardags can help with post-civil partnership agreements

Vardags is a top family law firm for post-civil partnership agreements. Arranging a post-civil partnership agreement can be relatively rapid and can be prepared at any time after a civil partnership ceremony. If you have had a recent civil partnership ceremony or are wishing to formalise your financial arrangements with your partner, a post-civil partnership agreement is highly recommended. As with pre-civil partnership agreements a post-civil partnership agreement will allow both parties the opportunity to protect their individual or inherited assets and agree the level of financial provision that should be made in the event of permanent separation or dissolution of the civil partnership. Such an agreement may equally be considered where a relationship breakdown is considered to be on the horizon, or simply to provide peace of mind for the future. The process is delicate and we handle it diplomatically and respectfully without losing sight of the civil partnership that it is designed to support. As with pre-civil partnership agreements both parties give financial disclosure and then detailed discussions take place regarding what would be considered a fair financial settlement in the event of the dissolution of the civil partnership. Ordinarily, one party will instruct solicitors to prepare a draft agreement for the other to consider with their own solicitor before negotiations commence. We also conduct reviews of existing agreements as required in that agreement or to check enforceability.

The first step is to arrange a meeting with one of our solicitors. Therefore, please call us on 020 7404 9390 or email us to make an appointment to come and see us.

Please note that Vardags provides a bespoke service to high net worth individuals seeking a post-civil partnership agreement from a top family law firm. Our clients or their spouses will typically have, or expect to have in the future substantial income.