Prenuptial Agreements

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 divorce and 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 your interests.

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.

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