There is a notable rise in the number of postnuptial agreements in California. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements is a practical decision, and it is also a personal one for couples. It is particularly useful for marriages where one or the other spouse has a high amount of assets, but it is also worthwhile to offer some protection of a couple’s separate properties in the event of a divorce.
Unfortunately, both pre and postnuptial agreements have carried somewhat of a stigma. On one hand, there is the belief that creating one diminishes the romantic notions of marriage, dimming the brightness that marriage brings with the stark reality that the marriage could end. On the other, the document is also practical, and couples can feel assured knowing that their separate assets will be protected if the marriage does end in divorce.
What If We Did Not Create a Prenup?
For couples who did not create a prenuptial agreement, postnuptial agreements allow a legal contract to be made even after the vows have been exchanged. The items included in a postnuptial agreement can include issues such as finances, how to handle debts, possessions, and valuables. It may also include instructions on child support matters as well.
As the founding attorney of the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff, if it’s one thing that clients have many questions about, it is to what degree divorce will affect their lives going forward. I always recommend honest and direct communication between spouses, particularly if they are heading towards divorce.
This means abandoning any old school notions that postnuptial agreements lack romance. In actuality, they only demonstrate that you are taking responsibility for you and your spouse’s well-being. It is also a comfort knowing that you and your spouse have carefully worked out a plan to take care of matters and addressing them early on.
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Thinking about the end of a marriage is one of the most difficult conversations a couple can ever have. However, it may also be the key to keeping you and your spouse united. Postnuptial agreements can ensure your wishes are carried out later on down the line. The courts will not have to decide on matters for you—you can control every facet of your case.
If you have any questions about pre or postnuptial agreements, or any divorce matter, please contact me, Attorney Jeffrey S. Graff. I am ready to address any and all of your concerns.