Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
People are often surprised by all of the benefits offered by a strong prenuptial agreement. You may be aware that it allows you to identify and protect your separate assets before you enter into marriage, and it allows your spouse-to-be to do the same. Did you know that it can also ensure that any children from a previous marriage receive the inheritance they deserve? Did you know that it may actually make your marriage stronger by removing potential sources of mistrust and conflict? Ultimately, prenuptial agreements are about peace of mind.
Schapiro Thorn Inc. in San Francisco is a family law firm with extensive experience in prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements and domestic relations agreements. We understand how to draft strong agreements that comply with California law and how to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with such agreements. Our lawyers can prepare, review or negotiate an agreement for you. We can even offer advice on the validity of an existing agreement.
Preparing a Strong Prenuptial Agreement
California family law recognizes the validity of prenuptial agreements provided that certain conditions are met. The most important of these relate to the disclosure of assets and the circumstances in which the agreement is presented to the other party.
At Schapiro Thorn Inc., we have thorough familiarity with prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements and domestic relations agreements. We will carefully review all aspects of your situation and prepare an agreement that achieves your goals and complies with the law.
Do Not Wait Until the Last Minute
The other party needs adequate time to review and understand the terms of the proposed agreement. Several months is generally required to prepare an effective prenuptial agreement.
Preparing an Effective Postnuptial Agreement
A postnuptial agreement is written after the marriage occurs and may also be referred to as an After Marriage Agreement or Contract. It is a written document voluntarily signed by both parties that specifies the financial property division, spousal support and attorney fee payments if the marriage ends in divorce. Like a prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial contract is flexible and can be amended if your life circumstances change.
Having an experienced attorney at Schapiro Thorn Inc. draft a postnuptial agreement can offer you and your spouse some security in the event that the marriage ends in a divorce. As with prenuptial agreements, your attorney will need an adequate amount of time to draft an effective postnuptial agreement.