If you are considering a prenuptial agreement in Thailand then read further. The provisions provided by this article are applicable in the relations between the husband and the wife, if they have not, previous to their marriage, concluded a special agreement (prenuptial agreement) concerning their properties.
If you are going to get married in Thailand then the prenuptial agreement has to be handed in to the Amphurs Office at the same time as the marriage registration. The prenuptial agreement must be legal in Thailand as well as in your home country. The United States is very difficult as the State laws tend to differ. Note also that the prenuptial has to be in writing as well as have two competent witnesses. Note that a deaf person is not seen as a competent witness under the law. See also the Muslim marriage requirements in Thailand.
The prenuptial shall be void if:
Once the spouses are married, this ante-nuptial agreement cannot be altered, except by authorization of the Court, which is notified to the Marriage Registrar. An ante-nuptial agreement will never have any effect as regards the rights of third persons acting in good faith.
Note the conditions above which are the most common mistakes made when drafting a prenuptial agreement in Thailand. Speak to a family lawyer in Thailand for more information and assistance before you register your marriage in Thailand.
Properties of the spouses: Sin Suan Tua and Sin Somros
The properties of husband and wife can be divided into “Sin Suan Tua” and “Sin Somros”Sin Suan Tua consists of:
If some of these properties have been exchanged, other property has been bought or money acquired from selling it, or if the Sin Suan Tua has been totally or partially destroyed but replaced by other property or money, these other properties or money acquired are Sin Suan Tua as well. Each spouse is the manager of his or her Sin Suan Tua.
Sin Somros consists of:
If there is a doubt about a property, it is presumed to be Sin Somros. Debts that both spouses are jointly liable to perform shall include the following debts incurred by either spouse during marriage:
Our attorneys and solicitors specialize in drafting and preparing a Prenuptial Agreement tailored to clients’ specific needs. We also have experience practice on international prenuptial agreements such as USA, UK, EU, Australia, and Thailand. Speak to our Thailand family lawyer and let our professional team assist you with your Prenuptial Agreement.
The cost of drafting a prenuptial agreement in Thailand will vary. They have become more complex for Americans as the States have their own laws and these need to be considered. Drafting a prenuptial in Thailand which is applicable to Thailand and your home country will determine the costs.
See also Divorce in Thailand.
You should consider a Thai prenup if you are in following categories:
Having your Thai prenup drafted by a qualified family law lawyer is recommended to ensure that provisions are legally binding in both Thai and foreign jurisdictions thereby, giving utmost protections to your assets, investments and properties.
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The prenuptial has to be explained to your fiancee.
Signing of the agreement.
Registration of the prenuptial.
Yes prenuptial agreements are. In Thailand many believe that they do not require a prenuptial agreement however when they return to their home country the divorce proceedings and laws will not be the same. Always consider the future before getting married in Thailand and the need for a prenup.
It is not so much money that you have than what you can still earn. People with good professions or who are working towards these may want to invest in a prenuptial agreement as you may not be at the financial level as what you are at now.
The limitations are much like those of drafting a will. The limitations on the prenuptial agreement is that it cannot be illegal or immoral. In the UK they have further taken the issue to what is considered to be fair by the courts. Consider all your options.
The prenuptial protects your property in Thailand as well as abroad. Many forget that the house in the US will also be affected by a marriage in Thailand. Speak to a lawyer about what else it will protect and why a prenup is essential before getting married.