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Binding Financial Agreements

Binding Financial Agreements can be made between parties to a marriage or between parties to a de facto (including same sex) relationship. These agreements can be made before, during or after the marriage or de facto relationship. A binding financial agreement entered into before marriage is sometimes referred to as a pre-nuptial agreement.

Binding Financial Agreements entered into before a marriage or de facto relationship define the ownership and value of property and financial resources owned by the parties (separately and/or jointly) at that time and specify how they are to be divided if the relationship breaks down. The agreement might also provide for the maintenance of either of the parties. The agreement gives the couple the peace of mind of knowing that if the relationship ends they have some certainty about the division of their property.

To be valid and binding, a Binding Financial Agreement requires careful consideration by the parties of what they require and what the future might hold. It is also important that the agreement is drafted carefully and accurately to remove any ambiguity and prevent future challenges.

For people who have already been through a relationship breakdown or are entering a de facto relationship with substantial assets, this peace of mind can be particularly important.

Case: Cameron And Michelle Plan For The Future

Cameron And Michelle Plan For The Future

Cameron and Michelle planned a wedding and were looking forward to the big day. Everything was organized except for the financial arrangements for their married life. Cameron had a thriving business and Michelle was the composite professional. Both had saved hard and had decent equity in property and share investment portfolios. They had both reached a level of financial independence long before they met. Although looking forward to married life, they also wanted to protect their property and investments, neither wanted unpleasant surprises and uncertainty if their marriage didn’t work out. Cameron and Michelle carefully considered the different possibilities their future might hold and how they would manage financially. They entered a binding Financial Agreement which provided for their own entitlements and those of any children, ensuring financial hardship and unnecessary legal costs were avoided in their future life.