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4 Things To Consider Before Signing A Prenuptial Agreement

prenuptial agreements Orange CountyPrenuptial agreement is essentially a contract signed by two individuals who are about to enter into a marriage. The purpose of the prenuptial agreement is to protect either individual’s assets in case the marriage fails and a divorce is required. prenuptial agreements are not exactly a welcome concept in the society but the agreement will be instrumental in resolving any disputes over division of assets during a divorce litigation. The Court often follows the terms mentioned in the prenuptial agreement while making the final judgement.

Prenuptial agreements need to be explicit in their terms. The purpose of the agreement is to avoid unwanted disputes and a well drafted agreement is necessary. There are a few things to keep in mind when signing a prenuptial agreement.

Review the document 

Like any legal document, it is mandatory that the parties signing the agreement get it reviewed by their respective attorneys to avoid any misunderstandings. Either party is required to be forthcoming with all their assets else, the agreement will end becoming void in the court. The agreement should be signed before the wedding takes place.

Consulting attorneys 

Most couples who are about to sign a prenuptial agreement often do not take it much seriously and get it reviewed by a friend or relative practicing law. prenuptial agreements are no joke and it is important to hire an attorney who is well versed in existing state laws and can draft a proper agreement.

What a prenuptial agreement does not resolve

Prenuptial agreements are mainly concerned with the division of assets. They do not resolve:

  • Issues that are non-financial such as division of any important chores.
  • Child related issues such as disputes over child support, child custody, and so on. 

Disclosing your assets and liabilities 

All your assets including stocks, funds, bank statements, inheritances, and liabilities like credit cards, loans, mortgages, and so on must be disclosed in the agreement. In case of a divorce, the Court will consider the agreement invalid if any hidden assets are discovered. Make a meticulous list of all your assets and liabilities to avoid nullification of the agreement.

Discussing division of property 

Both the individuals entering into marriage must discuss the division of their assets. They must rule out which assets were owned individually before marriage and which assets will be considered marital property, meaning both parties will have ownership of the assets equally or as decided by the individuals.

Getting divorced in California can be complicated.  Download our free eBook, 18 Important Things to Know About California Divorce to educate yourself on the process.  

divorce_attorneyGerald A. Maggio is an experienced Orange County divorce and family law lawyer and family law attorney located in Irvine, California, serving the Orange County and Riverside areas. Mr. Maggio assists clients with legal issues including divorce, legal separation, divorce mediation, child custody, prenuptial agreements, stepparent adoptions, and other family law issues. Mr. Maggio has practiced law in California since 1999, and founded The Maggio Law Firm in 2005, focusing exclusively on divorce and family law matters.

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