Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

Protecting Your Future with Strong Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Entering into a marriage is a significant life decision filled with hope and promise. However, it’s wise to prepare for all possibilities to protect your assets and ensure clarity in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

At Law Office of Michael L. Fell, we help couples draft strong and effective prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that provide peace of mind and safeguard their future. Contact us at 949-585-9055 for a free legal consultation.

Understanding Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Both prenuptial and postnuptial agreements serve to outline the expectations and responsibilities of each spouse should the marriage end in divorce. These agreements can cover various aspects, including asset protection, spousal support, child support, debt responsibility, and inheritance preservation.

Key Uses of Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

  • Excluding Assets from Community Property: Clearly defining which assets remain individual property and which are considered marital property.
  • Setting Spousal and Child Support: Establishing predetermined amounts for spousal and child support to avoid disputes in the future.
  • Debt Responsibility: Assigning responsibility for any debts incurred before or during the marriage.
  • Custody Arrangements: Outlining custody plans for children, if applicable.
  • Inheritance Protection: Ensuring the inheritances of children from previous relationships are preserved.

Differences Between Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

  • Prenuptial Agreements: These are signed before the marriage takes place. They allow couples to define terms regarding assets, support, and other important matters ahead of time.
  • Postnuptial Agreements: These are signed during the marriage. They can serve similar purposes as prenuptial agreements but are executed after the couple is already legally married.

Crafting Strong and Enforceable Agreements

For a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement to be enforceable, it must be drafted carefully and meet certain legal standards. Each spouse should have their own legal representation to ensure fairness and full understanding of the agreement’s terms. Additionally, there must be:

  • Voluntary Agreement: Proof that both parties entered into the agreement willingly, without coercion.
  • Adequate Review Time: Both spouses should have ample time to review and consider the agreement before signing.
  • Full Disclosure: Complete and honest disclosure of each spouse’s assets and liabilities.
  • Fair Terms: The agreement should not contain provisions that are excessively unfair to either party.

At Law Office of Michael L. Fell, we are experienced in drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that stand up to scrutiny. We ensure that the agreements accurately reflect the wishes of both parties and comply with all legal requirements, reducing the risk of future disputes and invalidation.

Our Process

  1. Initial Consultation: We start with a detailed consultation to understand your goals and concerns.
  2. Drafting the Agreement: We draft the agreement, incorporating all necessary provisions and ensuring legal compliance.
  3. Review and Negotiation: Both parties review the draft, and we facilitate any necessary negotiations to reach mutual agreement.
  4. Finalization: Once both parties are satisfied, the agreement is finalized, signed, and properly executed.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you are considering a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at 949-585-9055. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your needs and explain how we can help you protect your future. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal advice and representation, ensuring that your agreement is strong, fair, and enforceable.