Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

We draft agreements between parties contemplating marriage who do not want to be bound by the community property laws, postnuptial or premarital agreements; and agreements between married parties.

Prenuptial or premarital agreements are an important way to protect your separate assets and control your financial future without being bound by California community property laws. The agreement allows the couple to decide in advance how to structure their future finances, avoid or limits spousal support liability and more. These are complex legal documents, however, which are only valid if drafted according to California law, and only if both parties are represented by independent, legal counsel. To ensure the agreement is valid, it is important to work with a qualified and experienced family law lawyer. From Long Beach, prenuptial agreement attorney Ann Oakleaf provides solid advice and advocacy to clients throughout the area, including all of Los Angeles County and Orange County. She has more than 25 years of experience and is a certified family law specialist in California.

Marital agreements entered into after marriage allow to change the character of the property they have acquired together as community, make agreements as to the responsibility for debts, or make any of the other kinds of agreements that couples contemplating marriage might have made in a premarital agreement. The rules with respect to post marital agreements arise out of different concerns, the spouse’s respective fiduciary duties to one another, and have different requirements to ensure the agreement is valid. It is important to work with a qualified and experienced family law lawyer.