A breakdown in a relationship can be stressful and expensive. Whilst the majority of people only require legal advice in the event of a relationship breakdown, we can also assist people who are entering a significant relationship.

A cohabitation agreement can be made in order for a party to protect their interests when entering a cohabitation relationship. Similarly, when entering marriage or a civil partnership it is also recommended that you take legal advice in respect of protecting any significant assets/wealth before you get married. An agreement can be entered prior to marriage known as a pre-nuptial agreement, or a pre-registration agreement for civil partners.

It is s.25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act that addresses financial settlement within divorce. Prior to October 2010 pre-nuptial agreements were considered under the heading of “all circumstances of the case” and they were only occasionally taken into account.

However in October 2010 the landmark decision of Radmacher held that in future pre-nuptial agreements would be upheld by the courts unless they were unfair. Therefore the law now proceeds on the basis that a pre-nuptial agreement is binding unless it is unfair.

A post-nuptial agreement is a legally binding agreement which is made following marriage or entering into a civil partnership. As this is entered into after marriage it differs from a pre-nuptial agreement. The courts state that post-nuptial agreements are legally binding even if they do not reflect what a court would have agreed on divorce. A court will therefore uphold a post-nuptial agreement as long as there has been no exploitation or undue influence on either party.

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Pleasure to do business with McHale & Co. Everything is thoroughly explained, whatever questions we asked. Easy to make contact, we as a family have dealt with your company before and cannot fault any part of our dealing with yourselves.

Mrs L

Helen was excellent. Very clear in her explanations of options and implications of decisions made in our wills.

Mr & Mrs T

A big thank you to Grace Kennedy who went the extra mile and provided me with lots of information regarding making, signing and checking the process for me and after signing a list of use points and information. Excellent customer/client care.

Mr S

I feel that the people employed within this firm really listen and respond accordingly

Mrs S

Many thanks for your assistance with everything (Helen Green), you’ve made it all seem a lot more manageable at a difficult time.

Ms W

Helen, can I just thank you for the professional and thorough way in which you have dealt with this matter and your advice has been very welcome at times. Worth every penny for peace of mind.

Mr L

Extremely helpful and considerate. Very attentive . Nothing was too much trouble from the first phone call to receiving a hard copy of the will. Couldn’t have asked for more. I would not hesitate in recommending you to friends and family. A fantastic service all round. Thank you Michaela.

Mr M

I would like to thank you (Paul Fitton) for your most professional guidance and advice, I appreciate the effort and time you devoted to my issues on this subject.

Mr S

Mr Nattrass is always understanding and helpful and takes time to listen and explain. It is always a pleasure to deal with him. Also, your reception staff are lovely and welcoming.

Mrs J

The service we received from Helen Green was fantastic, nothing was too much trouble. We would recommend Helen without question.

Mr J

The service provided was excellent. Many thank to John Nattrass for all his input and execution of our wills.

Mrs H

I would like to commend Michaela for her warmth, compassion and professionalism. It was because of her superb persona that I am using McHale & Co. Thank you very much Michaela!

Miss J

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