A pre-nuptial/pre-civil agreement is a legal agreement made between two individuals before their marriage has taken place. It usually sets out how the couple wish their assets to be divided between them, if they later separate or divorce. It could also detail how the couple currently arrange their finances and how they will arrange them during their marriage.
Although it is not legally binding, providing the courts are satisfied that the parties freely entered in to the agreement, with full understanding of the implications (this is more likely to be met if the parties have sought independent legal advice) and in the circumstances it is fair to uphold the agreement, the parties should expect to be held to it upon separation.
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