Over the last 12 months we have experienced an increasing demand for the preparation of “pre-marital agreements” or “pre-nups” as they are more commonly known. They are beginning to have a place as one of those key documents couples should have to help protect their respective positions in the event of a relationship breakdown. Whilst not the most romantic of documents, they can help to remove, or at least reduce, the areas of disagreement in unhappier times.
The preparation of divorce or dissolution proceedings has become increasingly formulaic with the new user friendly form designed to save the court time and couples the need to involve a lawyer. The reality, however, is that individuals still prefer to employ the expertise and assistance of a lawyer. This is hardly surprising when you consider reaching the decision to separate is a hard enough task in itself where naturally there are a flood of feelings both mixed and sometimes determined to make brave changes which will immediately impact upon the future lives of each person, their children, families and friends.