Family Law in Ireland
Pre-nuptial agreements are agreements between two people before they get married. The agreements try to prevent later disagreements over the marital assets and typically outline who gets what if the marriage fails.
Because of the huge increases in land prices over the past decade or so, Pre-nuptial agreements have gained popularity. That is not to say however, that they are any good.
The laws in Ireland, as they stand, do not recognize Pre-Nuptial Agreements but that has not prevented an ever-increasing amount of people having them drafted anyway. There are constant attempts to have the courts recognize the agreements and perhaps in the future it may happen.
Even if the laws are to later recognize Pre-Nuptial Agreements, if one is to enter into such an agreement then ample time should be allowed each party to consider the terms of the agreement before the marriage takes place. Springing an agreement on one of the parties shortly before the marriage will probably ensure that the agreement will be set aside. Also, each party should enter into the agreement voluntarily and knowledgeably. Therefore, the party who is requesting the agreement should ensure that the requested party takes legal advice prior to signing any agreement.
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