Marital Agreements

More and more people are seeing pre and post-marital agreements as a means of ensuring financial predictability in the case of a marital dissolution. Whether you are soon to be married or you have just gotten married, the Los Angeles family law attorneys of Joel S. Seidel & Associates can help you create an effective prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.

Why Make A Marital Agreement?

A premarital or prenuptial agreement — often referred to as a "prenup" — is a written contract created by two individuals who plan to marry. In most cases, the purpose of the agreement is to decide in advance the spouses' individual property and spousal support rights, in the event that the spouses later decide to divorce.

Essentially, a premarital agreement allows the parties to "opt out" of certain aspects of California law, under which most assets acquired during a marriage are considered community property. Instead, the spouses agree to a division of assets and debts in a manner that differs from the division that California family law would ordinarily provide.

In addition to determining matters of property division, a prenuptial agreement can be a way for spouses to "get on the same page," so to speak, with regard to their finances and expectations.

Postnuptial Agreements

Postnuptial or postmarital agreements are similar to prenuptial agreements, except that postnuptial agreements are drafted after the marriage date. The same care and consideration that go into drafting a solid premarital agreement are needed to draft a well-crafted postmarital agreement.

Why Seek Help From A Lawyer?

Premarital and postnuptial agreements are very technical documents, and creating an enforceable agreement demands meticulous adherence to various requirements set forth in the California Family Code and case law.

We have extensive experience in the preparation of premarital and postnuptial agreements, and we know how to handle the potentially sensitive negotiations between you and your spouse, while also drafting an agreement that will avoid future challenges, stand up to intense scrutiny and protect your assets.

Contact An Experienced Marital Agreement Lawyer

For skilled guidance in marital agreement and other family law matters, contact the attorneys of Joel S. Seidel & Associates at 818-488-6423. Our offices are in Century City and Northridge, and we serve clients throughout Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Ventura.