Q: Does your Will need to be updated when you get married or divorced?
A: Yes, your Will should be updated in either of these circumstances.
If you make a Will before getting married, it is automatically revoked upon marriage unless it expressly states that it was made in contemplation of marriage. Therefore, you will generally need to update your Will as soon as possible after getting married.
If you get divorced (i.e. your marriage is formally ended via a dissolution order), most of the benefits given to your former spouse in your Will are automatically cancelled.
However, if you separate from your spouse but remain legally married, they would still be entitled to any benefits outlined in your Will, so we would recommend updating your Will when you separate to ensure that it reflects your current wishes.
Note: This post is brief and general in nature. You should not treat it as legal advice and should seek professional advice before taking any action in relation to the matters dealt with in this post. Armstrong Murray accepts no liability for losses suffered by any person or organisation who may rely directly or indirectly on this post.