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Premarital Agreements: Establishing Your Partnership

Did you know that by getting married, you are taking on a fiduciary duty that is equal to forming a business partnership? Do you understand the importance of how the title is phrased on an asset like a house or car? Is it clear, between you and your spouse, how you will deal with money matters?

Most divorces arise out of disputes about money. Understanding your rights and obligations, and setting them out in a premarital agreement or "prenup," is an excellent way for both spouses to protect their personal property interests and, if appropriate, agree on terms for support and other issues should the marriage come to an end.

Depending on your circumstances, premarital agreements can become extremely detailed and complex legal documents. It is important to have representation from an attorney who understands the law and can protect your interests. At Parranto & Applegate in Santa Rosa, we help clients throughout Sonoma County, California, with the negotiation, drafting, review and litigation of premarital agreements. We also help clients with postnuptial agreements.

Creating An Agreement That Serves Your Best Interests

Under California law, specific requirements must be met in order for a premarital or prenuptial agreement to be enforceable. These include representation of each spouse by an attorney, that neither spouse was under duress at the time of the signing, and full disclosure of each spouse's income, assets, property and debts. If there is even a shadow of a doubt regarding any of these criteria, the agreement could be invalidated.

When you hire our firm, we work hard to provide an ironclad agreement that protects your future. We closely review the final draft of the agreement and do everything we can to minimize the likelihood that the wording and terms could be interpreted in a way that hurts you.

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Contact our office today to discuss your questions about premarital agreements with a lawyer. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment at other times. You can reach us by phone at (707) 573-8868 or via email.


Attorney Jennifer J. Applegate
Located in Santa Rosa, California, Attorney Jennifer Applegate delivers the strong representation and compassionate care needed to bring the best possible outcome in your divorce or family law matter.

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