A prenuptial agreement is a written contract that two people may create before getting married which generally details all of the property owned by each person and outlines each person’s property rights in the event of divorce. A prenup may not sound very romantic, but many couples have good reasons for entering into such an agreement.
One of the most common reasons couples sign a prenuptial agreement is that one party has substantial property. If you have assets that you have obtained before marriage and want to ensure that these remain separate property, it may be worth your time to consult with a family lawyer.
If you own your business, you may feel that it should be yours to run without interference from anyone else. By signing a prenuptial agreement, you and your spouse can keep the business out of the marital equation.
Children From Previous Relationship
It is not uncommon for people to enter multiple marriages in their lifetimes. If you have children from a previous relationship, a prenuptial agreement can protect their financial interests. Signing a prenup can also assure your children that your new spouse is not a threat to their inheritance.
Desire to Set Terms
Some couples do not want to rely on state law to separate their property in the event of a divorce. A prenuptial agreement will allow you to create your own rules and establish your own terms for any future divorce.
Do you have assets or interests that you would like to protect through a prenuptial agreement? An experienced family lawyer can help you determine what can and should be included in your agreement. At Moreno Family Law, we focus on family law and have been helping clients resolve issues such as divorce and child custody for more than 20 years. Call our San Jose office at (408) 266-9011 to learn more about how we can help you.