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How to protect financial interests before marriage

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2021 | marital agreements

A California couple preparing to marry can take specific steps that will allow them to face the future with confidence. By drafting a prenuptial agreement, the two parties can protect their financial interests by outlining how property division will work in case of a subsequent divorce. While it may not seem like a romantic thing to do before a wedding, it is often a prudent step for many couples.  

Who really needs one? 

Most adults will find the protections provided by this type of marital contract beneficial. There is no cookie-cutter solution for drafting a prenup as they are based on the needs and objectives of the individual couple. Anyone in the following categories may find a prenup especially useful: 

  • One of the spouses plans to stay home with children after marriage 
  • One or both spouses have children from previous marriages 
  • There is a significant difference in the income of the two spouses 

No couple plans to divorce before they even marry, but having this type of contract can prevent disputes and complications in case this does happen at some point in the future. 

Create the right prenup 

Creating the right prenup starts with an assessment of the individual situation. An experienced California family law attorney can review the finances and objectives of each spouse, helping them create an agreement that will provide protection and benefits for both parties. As the implications of this type of agreement are serious, it is prudent to seek legal guidance for help during discussion and contract drafting.