Beginning your life with someone new is one of the most cherished times in a person’s life. So many details go into planning a perfect wedding that sometimes, planning for life gets ignored. Marriage brings some serious legal issues that are advisable to consider before tying the knot.
Before marrying, the couple often signs a prenuptial agreement. This contract is in place to govern the division of assets, real and personal, if the couple later separates, divorces, or even dies. The contract is binding and will be interpreted as such by a judge if the time comes.
A prenuptial agreement must be completed and signed before the marriage. As soon as the couple legally marries, the contract is effective.
Though, prenups may not feel very romantic to discuss when you are anticipating your newlywed status. It may be necessary if the following items apply to you:
If you are unsure whether you need a prenuptial agreement before you wed, contact Cohen Family Law, LLC. They can answer your questions and draw up any documents you deem necessary before walking down the aisle.
A prenuptial agreement is in place to protect the couple’s assets. The following may be considered when drawing up such a contract.
Several conditions must apply for a prenuptial agreement to be enforced in Washington. Cohen Family Law, LLC, can guide you through the process. Here are some of those requirements:
The family court judge will use a two-part test to form their decision to ensure that a prenup agreement is valid if one of the spouses challenges it. The two parts include the following:
If the answer is yes to both of these queries, then it is likely that a Washington state court will enforce the agreement.
If you are considering a prenuptial agreement, reach out to Cohen Family Law, LLC. We will use our experience and knowledge of family law to ensure that you are treated properly as you negotiate your prenup and beyond. We understand the law and how it is applied and can represent you in a way that most fairly provides for you now and in the future. Reach out to us today.