Marital Agreements

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Marital Agreements

When you enter into a premarital agreement, we know how essential it is to get it right. Our team will work with you on drafting, reviewing, and modifying agreements to ensure the agreement is enforceable in the event you do file for divorce later on.


Marital Agreements

You may be wondering whether a premarital agreement, often known as a prenup, is the right choice for you. Although these agreements used to be thought necessary only for wealthy couples, more people than ever are learning that everyone can benefit from them. We can help draft a premarital agreement that guarantees your rights to certain property in case of a divorce, including spousal maintenance. Marital agreements can be incredibly beneficial to both parties. Even if you are not positive a prenup is necessary for your marriage, we can explain some of the benefits of having a premarital agreement in place.

Building a Foundation of Trust

We know how difficult it can be to broach the subject of a premarital agreement with your partner. We routinely work with couples who want to create a fair agreement that can help them to plan for the future, but they do not know exactly how to raise the issue. Premarital agreements are becoming common among couples of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, and we would be happy to speak with you and your partner about the wide variety of benefits that these agreements can provide.

We can explain some of the benefits of a marital agreement.

Post-Marital Agreements
If you are already married, but want to create an agreement with your spouse that clarifies how property will be divided in the event of a divorce, we can help. We know how difficult it can be to reach an agreement about assets and property with a spouse, but we also know how essential a post-marital agreement can be in a lot of divorce cases. Post-marital agreements are similar to prenups, but they are made at a different point in time—after your marriage. If you are interested in learning more, one of our Pasadena family lawyers can chat with you about the benefits of a post-marital agreement.
Keeping it Legal
When we work with clients on marital agreements, we want to make certain that the contracts are fair and that a California court will enforce them. We never want a client to worry about whether their premarital or postnuptial agreement will be valid later on. California law has some language to ensure that these agreements are fair and enforceable. Each party must have legal representation. Courts will also check to make sure that neither party agreed to the contract under duress or without full financial disclosures.

Terms to Include in a Premarital Agreement

We know that you probably have some key issues in mind that you want to include in your premarital agreement. Generally speaking, California law says that premarital agreements can include:

  • Division of real estate
  • Division of marital assets
  • Division of a business
  • Property that is considered separate and therefore, not subject to property division rules
  • Estate planning matters
  • Spousal support

Long-Term Security and Peace of Mind

We enter into marriages with the best intentions, yet life intervenes and marital problems arise. A marital agreement can protect you in the event of a divorce. Our Pasadena family lawyers will do everything we can to ensure you have an enforceable agreement for the future.

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