Premarital & Postmarital Agreements
San Diego Family Lawyers Helping Clarify Your Marital Terms
Many people shy away from the idea of premarital agreements (prenuptial agreements) because they think the idea of a formal document stating terms about their marriage is unromantic, or even because it appears they are thinking ahead to divorce. In actuality, premarital agreements can serve a wide variety of purposes that can strengthen a marital bond-primarily by ensuring everyone is on the same page about a plethora of different issues.
More importantly, premarital agreements do not necessarily need to be executed before a marriage takes place. Many of the same issues can be addressed and formalized in a postmarital agreement (postnuptial agreement) once the marriage has taken place and a couple has settled into their new lives together.
At Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC, we can help you negotiate, draft, and finalize any type of premarital or postmarital agreement that is acceptable in California courts and in conformity with the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (UPAA). To learn more about our services, we encourage you to call us or contact us online to set up a free, informative consultation to discuss how our family law attorneys can help you.
The Advantages of Premarital & Postmarital Agreements
We can help couples formalize decisions about marriage, assets and life decisions before or after you get married. We understand that planning a wedding can be stressful and there are no restrictions or time limits when it comes to forming these types of postnuptial agreements.
These documents can help you figure out how you will deal with any of the following issues:
- A list of all the assets each party is bringing to the marriage
- A list of non-marital property that you are entering into the marriage with that may not be subject to division later on in the event of a divorce.
- Since California is a community property state, you may opt out of this property division law for certain assets in your postmarital agreement.
- How you will raise children together.
- If the couple knows they may move, a statement of what laws may be used to govern issues related to family affairs, such as child custody, child support, medical decisions, and property division.
- A waiver of spousal support (alimony) in the event that the marriage ends.
It is always important to write down and memorialize these types of decisions because memories of verbal conversations can fade over time. Additionally, if one spouse should predecease the other, there will be a plan set into place about how to deal with their estate.
Premarital agreements are not limited to divorce, regardless of what you may have heard. They are about bringing clarity to what is both an expression of love and a significant legal agreement. This clarity may save you both a great deal of stress later on down the road, securing your future for years to come.
Planning for the future is a key part of our practice. We are here to help couples start their new lives together and protect their future by formalizing their concerns and wishes through a premarital agreement. Our lawyers are here to carefully listen to your concerns and draft a plan that meets these needs.
Call (619) 577-4900 for a free legal consultation, or contact us online. Our firm's policy is to return every call or email within 1 business day, so you will hear from us as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you build your future with your spouse.