Getting a prenuptial agreement, or prenup, is often the last thing engaged couples want to talk about. It may seem very unromantic to prepare for divorce and its aftermath when you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, but a prenup could actually improve your marriage.
By preparing for the worst, you and your soon-to-be spouse can truly enjoy the best parts of your relationship. Think of a prenup as a fail-safe — you and your future spouse can rest assured that your assets will be protected if you end up having to part ways. Even better, a well-written prenup can prevent a contentious divorce.
Find Out if a Prenup Is Right for You
At Feinberg & Waller, APC, our Westlake Village prenuptial agreement attorneys help engaged couples throughout Ventura County and California. With over 150 years of combined experience, our team will draft a legally binding, enforceable prenup that works for both you and your future spouse.
Who Needs a Prenup?
Despite popular misconception, prenups aren’t only for the rich and famous. In fact, most couples can benefit from a prenup.
An enforceable prenup may protect any and all of the following in the event of a divorce:
- Premarital assets and property
- Future assets and property
- Your children’s inheritance
- Your own inheritance
- Family businesses
Debt will also be taken into consideration when drafting a prenup. For instance, if your future spouse has a large amount of debt (e.g. student loans), you can make sure you won’t be stuck with that debt should you part ways.
What Makes a Prenup Legally Binding?
For a prenup to be legally binding, it will need to meet certain criteria.
Under the Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act (UPMAA), prenups are enforceable in California if:
- Both parties take care to disclose all their assets, properties, and debts
- Both parties had at least a week (seven days) to look over the prenup before signing
- Each party had their own attorney during the drafting process
Additionally, a judge will not uphold a prenup if they believe it favors one party over the other. For example, a prenup that leaves one spouse with nothing is not enforceable in Ventura or Los Angeles County. Neither is one that was signed under duress or coercion.
Get a Valid, Enforceable Prenup
At Feinberg & Waller, APC, our lawyers have been helping Westlake Village residents draft enforceable prenuptial agreements for decades. Experience the peace of mind that comes with a valid prenup. We will walk you through the process and take care to put your best interests first.
Contact a prenuptial agreement lawyer online today to get started with a confidential consultation.
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