Protecting Your Interests With A Prenuptial Agreement

Entering into a prenuptial agreement before marriage clarifies your relationship and expectations with your new spouse, setting the stage for a mature, successful relationship. I have extensive experience helping people draft prenuptial agreements reflecting their personal priorities.

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Getting Marriage Off On The Right Foot

There are several benefits to entering into a prenuptial agreement (also known as a premarital agreement or prenup) with the help of a knowledgeable lawyer. These agreements protect not only you, but also your children, your business, and your current domestic relationship. A prenuptial agreement allows you to do the following:

  • Get your new marriage started on an open and honest footing
  • Keep your estate plan intact for children from a previous relationship
  • Plan for ownership and control of your small business
  • Protect yourself in case your marriage ends in divorce

In California, you are required to disclose the extent of your assets and liabilities to your new spouse when entering into a prenuptial agreement, and failing to do so may invalidate the agreement. Having a premarital agreement gives both of you the confidence that you know what you are getting into. We can accomplish these sometimes conflicting goals without exposing you to unnecessary risk.

Drafting Agreements For Non-Marital Relationships

It is also possible for unmarried partners to enter into cohabitation agreements (also known as living agreements) that are similar in many ways to prenuptial agreements. Whether you are entering into a legally recognized domestic partnership or another living arrangement with someone, it may be in your interests to have a cohabitation agreement, especially if you have children and/or a business.

To learn more about the benefits of prenuptial and cohabitation agreements from an experienced family law attorney, contact me today.