When or before getting married, hardly anyone will think about the potential failure of the marriage, let alone the consequences of divorce. A marriage contract (prenuptial or postnuptial agreement) is a way of taking precautions in case of emergency; it means that you will be well protected in bad times.
However, a marriage contract must be discussed, drafted and written in a timely manner. Therefore, arrange for consultation as early as possible.
From our many years of experience we know that once the wedding invitations have been sent out, it is very unlikely that a marriage contract will be concluded. Time is needed to find out what clients want and what both bride and groom agree to. Such discussions require sensitivity and tact - we will be happy to advise you.
International marriage contracts
Given my international education (MBA Fontainebleau), I would rather fit into an international business law firm than a family law firm (this is a comment from a female client). My foreign language skills and international contacts are a great advantage in cross-border marriage contracts.
In my experience, it is often better to invest in a "legal umbrella" than to be left standing in the rain later.
I offer advisory services in your mother tongue (English, French, Italian, Spanish) and I have excellent international contacts. The network of the IAFL (International Academy of Family Lawyers), of which I was European President, is available to my clients; it is important to note that there can be decisive differences in the legal assessment of facts, depending on the legal system applied in the event of a dispute.
A cohabitation agreement helps you define the principles of your living together, and especially of separation and its consequences if you do not want to get married or enter into a registered civil partnership. As the law governing divorces) does not apply in this case (nor does the law governing registered civil partnerships), disputes in the event of separation are particularly tedious and costly. You can avoid these by entering into a cohabitation agreement - the best time to do this is before you move in together.