Prenuptial agreements are increasingly more common among women. This trend partially stems from the growing percentage of females in the modern workplace. Women today, more than before, are seeking to protect their separate property assets by ensuring a prenup is in place prior to marriage. In addition, couples are signing these documents in order to protect their pension and retirement accounts in the event of a later divorce.
A California prenuptial agreement is a contract executed between two prospective spouses, to be effective upon marriage. Generally, a prenuptial agreement addresses the parties’ present and future property rights, as well as other issues relating to the marital relationship. Certain issues may not be dealt with in a prenuptial agreement, such as child support or child custody. Other provisions may be invalidated if they are found to be contrary to public policy, such as “fault” or “penalty” provisions for infidelity or abuse. In addition, if you are considering waiving your spousal support rights in a prenuptial agreement, it is highly recommended that you retain your own attorney both to protect your legal rights and the enforceability of the agreement.
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