Orange County Prenuptial Agreement Attorney
Starting Your Marriage Off on the Right Foot
Prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly common for couples entering
into a marriage. They can provide clarity and confidence in what will
happen to your property and finances if the marriage should end. They
can be important in protecting the interests of children of a previous
marriage. If you are considering a prenuptial agreement, you will need
the guidance of an experienced Orange County divorce lawyer.
W. Douglas McKeague has been successfully representing clients in
family law matters for
more than 33 years. Our practice is exclusively focused on these areas of law. We offer high
quality representation at reasonable rates. We have the knowledge and
skills to provide you with sound legal counsel and to protect your interests
in a prenuptial agreement with your future spouse.
Prenuptial Agreement Lawyers in Orange County: Experience and Dedication
The Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (UPAA) has governed prenups in this
state since 1986. Amendments to the UPAA, affecting agreements made after
2002, require the following for a prenuptial agreement to be enforceable
against a spouse:
- The spouse had complete information about the other spouse's financial
situation and property before signing the agreement.
- There were at least 7 days between the spouse's receipt and signing
of the agreement, to allow enough time for attorney review.
- The spouse was represented by a separate attorney, or received full information
in writing about the basic terms of the agreement and the rights and obligations
it would nullify, and signed a separate document acknowledging receipt
of that information, identifying the source of the information, and waiving
the right to an attorney.
Provisions regarding spousal support in a prenuptial agreement are only
enforceable when the spouse was represented by an attorney. Rights to
spousal support can be relinquished in a prenuptial agreement and enforced by the courts
as long is the result is not unconscionable at the time of enforcement.
It can be specified that separate property owned before the marriage can
be treated as community property, and community property be treated as
separate property. Our knowledgeable Orange County divorce attorney can
tailor a prenuptial agreement that meets your needs and effectively protects
Contact our Orange County family lawyer for high quality legal representation to draft a well-written prenuptial
agreement, more likely to stand up in court should there be problems in
the marriage in the future.