How to protect your assets if you remarry

You have been married previously. You are considering marrying your new partner but have concerns about protecting your assets for the benefit of your children.

If you have been through a divorce, it’s perfectly understandable to be concerned about protecting your assets if you decide to marry again. This could be to make sure you’re adequately protected in the event of the new marriage breaking down, or ensure that your children from a previous marriage are protected in the event of your death.  

It is always worth seeking legal advice to find the solution that best fits your own unique circumstances. But some things you may wish to consider include:

Prenuptial agreements

It is possible to prepare a prenuptial agreement to determine how assets will be divided in the event that your marriage breaks down. Although prenuptial agreements are not recognised automatically by English courts, the courts will attach significant weight to the agreement if certain conditions are met.

For example, the agreement must be fair and meet the needs of both parties, and both parties must have entered into the agreement freely following independent legal advice at least 21 days before the date of the marriage.

Despite common opinion, prenuptial agreements are not only for the wealthy! They are an effective way of preserving assets which you may have inherited or acquired before the marriage or acquired as part of a family business for the benefit of your children in the future.

If there are significant changes in your circumstances, such as if you go on to have children with your new spouse, then you may wish to revisit the terms of the agreement.

Wills

It is important to ensure that you have a valid and up-to-date will if you wish to pass on certain assets to your children.  If you were to remarry and did not have a will in place, in the event of your death your spouse would get all your personal items (which are known as chattels) and the first £250,000 of your estate.  Any will that you did have in place would be rendered void by your new marriage.

If you are considering remarrying and have any concerns about protecting your assets, it is always advisable to seek legal advice from a family and/or private client lawyer.

The Lester Aldridge family team deal with these and other issues on a regular basis and are frequently instructed by clients regarding divorce proceedings.

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About Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP is a nationally recognised law firm with offices in London, Bournemouth and Southampton. The family team are leaders in their field. Jane, Jo and Rosie are specialist family solicitors with a wealth of experience in all areas of family law from divorce to children, prenuptial agreements to the settlement of financial disputes and everything in between. These women are feisty when they need to be. But their approach is designed to reduce conflict in order to ensure the best possible outcome. They recognise that family issues can be extremely emotional and they offer access to specialist advice delivered in a friendly, approachable and understandable way designed to guide you from start to finish. If you would like an informal, no-obligation chat with Jane, Jo or Rosie please telephone 03300 539754.