Entering into a marriage is often one of the most joyous moments in a person’s life, but it is wise to prepare for every possible outcome. Our prenuptial agreement lawyers can give you peace of mind in knowing your assets are protected no matter what happens. For impartial insight that can help you understand every aspect of your prenuptial agreement, contact Cohen Family Law, LLC. We offer free consultations; please contact us at (360) 953-5000 or email us now.
A prenuptial agreement attorney can prepare and help you execute a valid and enforceable prenuptial agreement or revise it before getting married. Whether you only want to highlight certain issues or want a comprehensive agreement that covers all of the marital estate, they can interpret state rules to ensure what you want to protect is included.
Prenuptial agreements were once primarily used to protect the assets of wealthy spouses in the event of a high net worth divorce. However, they can be beneficial for all couples and for a variety of reasons. A prenuptial agreement can establish solutions for numerous issues, including:
This list is not exhaustive, and these provisions may not be relevant to all couples. A prenuptial agreement lawyer can help you learn more about your options for your unique situation.
It is important to note that a prenuptial agreement is not a catch-all method of preparing for divorce. They cannot include instructions for specific issues, such as child custody, parenting plans, or child support. Child support belongs to the child, and child custody arrangements must be created with the child’s best interests in mind. While prenuptial agreements can help with negotiations on these topics, they may be overruled by a judge.
If a Washington court does not consider your prenuptial agreement legally enforceable, it will not be used if you and your spouse separate or divorce. Unlike many states, Washington State has not adopted a statute that governs the enforceability of premarital agreements, and it is decided on a case-by-case basis. However, the documents must meet the following requirements to be considered enforceable:
Fraudulent conduct such as hiding information related to assets or a breach of one or more provisions in the agreement can cause a prenuptial agreement to be invalid.
If you have questions about prenuptial agreements or need help creating, modifying, or enforcing one, contact Cohen Family Law, LLC. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (360) 953-5000 or fill out our online contact form.