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Pre-Nuptials and Contracting Out Agreements


We explain in some detail, together with documents, everything about matrimonial property law on identical and duplicated topics which you can access directly through the blue links below :


Property ( Relationships ) Act 1976


Matrimonial Property


In those topics, we provide you with FOUR prenuptial or contracting out agreements which you can fill in and print off with your own details inserted.  We also provide you with these four documents at the bottom of this page.


The documents can be altered and refined to your own needs.  There is nothing magic about the wording except that you should strive to make your intentions clear.


However, is absolutely essential that you understand section 21 of the Property Relationships Act 1976.  


Sections 21 F and 21 H are most important.


Technical Requirements


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