Marital Agreements should not be viewed negatively. They can often assist you to protect assets or to decide how the finances will impact upon you and your partner should you separate. There are two main forms of marital agreements.
A Pre-Nuptial (Pre-Nup) Agreement which is prepared and entered into in contemplation of marriage or partnership and a Post-Nuptial Agreement, which is entered into by the parties during the course of their marriage or partnership and is intended to protect certain assets if there is a breakdown in the parties’ relationship at a later point.
Martial Agreements are often used to protect the wealth that is brought into a marriage, say from an earlier relationship or indeed to protect gifts and inheritance from parents. If entered into in the right spirit and properly with full disclosure, Marital Agreements should protect the parties from any subsequent acrimony and litigation.