Don’t overlook prenuptial agreements during your engagement

By |2022-04-06T15:57:32+00:0002 Mar 2018|Categories: Prenuptial Agreements|


Prenuptial agreements are often associated with the rich and famous, but they are helpful in many more marriages than only those specific cases. No matter what social and financial status you have, there are protections that these agreements can provide. Make sure that you think carefully about what you want to do early in your engagement so that you can have time to get it all together.

We realize that there is a certain negative stigma associated with premarital agreements. Just to clear this up, a prenup isn’t a hope that your marriage will fail. Instead, it is a way to get through some of the potentially contentious issues that might come up so that you can focus on your relationship. It provides protections for both spouses that can’t come from any other means.

When you are determining what to include in a prenuptial agreement, remember that you can include inheritances even if you haven’t received it yet. You should also keep in mind that you can’t include child custody matters in these since custody matters have to be handled in the child’s best interests at the time they are needed.

You and your future spouse should get the prenup created and signed as early as possible in the engagement. If you wait too long, the court might find that it is invalid because one party didn’t have enough time to review the document to determine if it was a good idea to sign it. Any prenuptial agreement that is signed under duress would likely be thrown out if it is presented to the court.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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