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Prenuptial Agreements: An excellent tool for creating a healthy marriage

Prenuptial agreements (also known as prenups) have become an increasingly popular tool for couples looking to build a common understanding of how they want to manage the most important matters in their marriage.

In many cases, the process allows a couple to take an in-depth look and work through any misalignments prior to their marriage ceremony and to ensure they have a common understanding as they build their lives together and navigate major life events and decisions such as caregiving for children or other family members, purchasing a home, inheriting money or property, savings and spending.

At Moradi Saslaw, we understand that thinking about the possible end of an upcoming marriage or domestic partnership is hardly romantic. But sometimes the unexpected finds you, and that’s when you’ll wish you and your partner had taken care of matters before things got divisive. That’s exactly what a prenuptial agreement does.

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Our firm has developed a comprehensive approach for guiding clients through this process and we have received feedback that it has helped strengthen relationships. We also have a detailed guide that can help couples interested in a prenup know what to expect.

Below are some highlights:

  • One of the top 3 reasons for a divorce is misalignment on finances, especially what each person in the relationship is bringing into the marriage. The prenup process can be an essential marriage planning tool because it includes in-depth discussions about financial goals, savings, and expenses before tying the knot.
  • Not all prenups are created equally and it is essential to have a good partner guide you through the process. At our firm, we focus on ensuring what you create together (1) creates a stronger relationship with a mutual understanding of issues that are important to each person in the marriage; (2) clarifies important emotional topics like custody and care for pets; (3) is easy to follow so you don’t have to think about it during your marriage; and (4) in the unlikely chance you get divorced, aims to have both people protected within their means; and (5) decreases attorney fees in a divorce.
  • Some couples may not feel comfortable having a conversation about a prenup and that is normal since it can seem like they are planning for a divorce. We will guide our clients in having these conversations. Additionally, avoidance equals getting California’s law, which may or may not be what you and your partner want for your lives. Regardless of whether you choose to have a prenup or not, knowing the law that is governing your most important relationship is essential and these discussions will provide you that foundation, and also provide a primer on keeping assets separate should you choose to not move forward with a prenup.

If you’re interested in learning more, download our detailed guide or call us at 415-872-1080.

What are some of the other reasons people choose prenuptial agreements?

While for some couples, going through the process of developing a prenup helps them think through important areas before they get married, others choose to create one to feel a greater sense of security that the property they have going into a marriage will always be their own. Executed correctly, a prenup can clearly establish the property rights of each party, but not all attorneys have the necessary skills to create a document that is enforceable.

Our attorneys have extensive legal experience and business training that help them develop prenuptial agreements that are enforceable and meet our clients’ goals and objectives, including:

  • Preserving assets brought into the marriage
  • Outlining property division in the event of divorce
  • Preserving assets for children after a second marriage
  • Protecting business interests
  • Detailing spousal support in the event of divorce
  • Keeping individual debts separate
  • Outlining what will be community property and what will be separate property

Don’t have a Prenup? Consider a Postnuptial Agreement.

Postnuptial agreements (also known as postnups) can accomplish some of the same goals as prenuptial agreements. The big difference is they are executed after a couple marries or enters into a domestic partnership. Sometimes a couple thinks of starting the prenup process a little too close to the date of their wedding or ceremony and opt to do a postnuptial agreement soon afterwards. Other times, a major life event happens and a couple will use the postnuptial process to help them navigate the impact on the different aspects of their life together.

If you believe a prenup or postnup would be helpful for your marriage and would like to work with Moradi Saslaw, call us or contact us online today.