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Pre-nuptial Agreements: Understanding Your Rights Before Saying 'I Do'

When planning a wedding, a pre-nuptial agreement (often referred to as a pre-nup) might not be the most romantic topic, but it's a practical one. At Your Lawyers Turner Riddell Hervey Bay, we understand the sensitivities involved and provide expert legal advice to ensure your rights and assets are protected. Here's what you need to know:

What is a Pre-nuptial Agreement?

A pre-nuptial agreement is a legal contract entered into before marriage, outlining the division of assets and financial responsibilities should the marriage end. It is designed to protect both parties and can include provisions for spousal support and property distribution.

Benefits of Having a Pre-nup

Pre-nups can save a lot of emotional and financial stress in the future. They help ensure that your financial matters are handled according to your wishes, rather than being decided by a court. This can be especially important for those entering marriages with significant assets, children from previous relationships, or specific financial goals.

Legal Requirements

For a pre-nuptial agreement to be enforceable in Australia, it must be written, signed by both parties, and each party must have received independent legal advice. Your Lawyers Turner Riddell can ensure that your agreement meets all legal criteria.

Common Misconceptions

Many people believe that pre-nups are only for the wealthy, but they can benefit anyone who wants clarity about their financial arrangements. They are not an indication that one anticipates the marriage to fail but rather a prudent measure to handle the future, whatever it may hold.

How We Can Help

At Your Lawyers Turner Riddell, we provide comprehensive support in drafting and reviewing pre-nuptial agreements. Our experienced family lawyers offer personalised advice tailored to your unique situation, ensuring that your rights and interests are protected.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

No, pre-nuptial agreements cannot determine child custody or support obligations. These matters are decided based on the child's best interests at the time of the parents' separation.

It's advisable to sign a pre-nuptial agreement at least one month before the wedding. This helps avoid claims that the agreement was signed under duress.

Pre-nuptial agreements can be updated or voided by mutual consent. It's essential to review them periodically, especially after significant life changes like the birth of a child or major financial events.

Without a pre-nup, assets and liabilities acquired during the marriage will be divided according to the legal standards in the event of a divorce, which may not always align with your wishes.


While discussing pre-nuptial agreements might not be the most exciting part of wedding planning, it is crucial for peace of mind. Your Lawyers Turner Riddell Hervey Bay is here to help you navigate these discussions with sensitivity and professionalism, ensuring that you can move forward into your marriage with confidence. If you're considering a pre-nuptial agreement, contact us for a confidential consultation to explore your options.