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California Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

No one plans to get divorced before they get married. Unfortunately, nearly half of marriages in the United States end in divorce, so it makes sense to at least acknowledge the possibility. Because California is a community property state, pre- and postnuptial agreements can be important for couples in California who are concerned about protecting their financial assets in the event of divorce.

A prenuptial agreement is a contract a couple enters into in anticipation of marriage. Creating a prenuptial agreement allows you and your spouse to protect certain assets from being subject to division should you get a divorce later. Many couples find that having created a prenuptial agreement actually helps their marriage get off to a better start, because they have learned to discuss and negotiate important financial matters.

A postnuptial agreement is an agreement entered into after a marriage has taken place, but before a divorce is initiated. As with premarital agreements, one or both of the spouses usually is seeking to protect assets or income in the event of divorce.

The divorce and family law attorneys of Shaffer & Associates in San Diego will work with you to craft an agreement that best meets your needs, or review a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that you've been asked to sign. In the event of a dispute about a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, we will negotiate or litigate on your behalf.

We invite you to learn more about our legal services regarding prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Please contact Shaffer & Associates for more information about how we can help.

Shaffer & Associates is dedicated to helping people all across San Diego County, including Downtown San Diego, Point Loma, La Jolla, Scripps Ranch, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo and Poway. We also work with families in Orange County, Riverside County and Los Angeles County.

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement—also referred to as a pre-nuptial agreement, prenup or premarital agreement—is a contract between a couple before they are married. The agreement generally allows spouses to protect certain assets from being subject to divi… Read More

Postnuptial Agreements

Life happens. Families change. Situations change. Incomes change. A postnuptial agreement—also known as a post-nuptial agreement, a post-nup or a post marital agreement—is an agreement entered into after a marriage has taken place, but before a d… Read More

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