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Hi, only a signed and endorsed consent order in the family court is binding.
"Pre-nups" are an American invention - not binding in the UK but they are persuasive.
They aren't binding in UK law at the the moment.
That's the issue - when you marry there isn't protection as such. If the period of cohabitation (and marriage) is 5 years or less then the UK family court is less likely to order ongoing maintenance. Marriage is a serious commitment as I am sure you will appreciate.
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Hello hopefully I can pick this up. So just to sort of build on what Jim said, pre-nups are not legally binding. However, you can still draft and sign one, it will not be legally enforceable, however, should a dispute arise in the future then it will show the court what the intentions were of each party upon entering the agreement (marriage). Its the same as when you write a Will you can attach a letter of wishes. Which can say something like, "I left my neighbour £10,000.00 which is to look after my dog" this is not legally enforceable but expresses what the person's intentions were and could provide some "help" in court. The reality of the matter is that if you get married you are entering into a legally binding agreement and you cannot (legally) put a "fore-agreement" in place.
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