The increased rate of divorces in this country has led to the advent of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements between marriage partners to protect assets they might bring to the marriage in the event of a divorce. Prenuptial agreements are made prior to the wedding; postnuptial agreements, after the wedding. In all cases, both marriage partners have to fully disclose all their assets and liabilities prior to signing any agreement. Having a credible Family Law Attorney, such as Marquez-Kelly Family Law, is critical to ensure all conditions have been met and the contracted agreement legally binding.
The goal of these agreements is for a fair settlement should divorce occur. If a settlement is weighted more to one party or the other, the settlement can be thrown out by the courts. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can include whatever the marriage partners wish to include, such as bills each party would be paying, and assets before and after the wedding. Not all agreements should be made prior to the wedding, or they should be legally amended if the economic status of either of the parties changes. All agreements have to have the consent of both marriage partners.