Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements, often referred to as prenups, are legal documents that outline the division of assets and responsibilities in the event of divorce or death. At West and West LLP, we understand the sensitive nature of prenuptial agreements and offer expert guidance to couples seeking to protect their assets and clarify their financial rights and obligations before marriage.

Why Choose West and West LLP for Your Prenuptial Agreement?

  • Expertise in Family Law: Our attorneys specialize in family law matters, including prenuptial agreements, ensuring that your agreement is comprehensive, fair, and legally enforceable.
  • Sensitive and Confidential Service: We approach prenuptial agreements with sensitivity and discretion, prioritizing open communication and mutual understanding between partners.
  • Customized Solutions: We provide personalized guidance tailored to your unique circumstances, ensuring that your prenuptial agreement reflects your specific needs and concerns.

Understanding Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract that couples enter into before marriage, detailing how assets and debts will be divided in the event of divorce or death. While some people may view prenups as anticipating divorce, they are valuable tools for clarifying financial expectations and protecting assets acquired before and during marriage.

What Can a Prenuptial Agreement Cover?

  1. Prenuptial agreements can address various financial matters, including:

    • Asset Division: Specify how assets and debts will be divided in the event of divorce or death, including property, investments, businesses, and retirement accounts.
    • Spousal Support: Determine whether spousal support (alimony) will be paid in the event of divorce, and if so, the amount and duration of payments.
    • Inheritance Rights: Clarify inheritance rights and obligations, particularly in blended families or situations involving significant inheritances.
    • Debt Responsibility: Allocate responsibility for pre-existing debts and outline how joint debts will be managed during marriage and in the event of divorce.

Benefits of Prenuptial Agreements

  • Prenuptial agreements offer several benefits, including:

    • Asset Protection: Protect pre-marital assets, family inheritances, and business interests from division during divorce proceedings.
    • Clarity and Certainty: Clearly outline each partner’s financial rights and obligations, reducing the potential for disputes and uncertainty in the event of divorce.
    • Preservation of Family Relationships: Foster open and honest communication about financial matters, strengthening trust and understanding between partners.
    • Cost and Time Savings: Streamline the divorce process by resolving potential financial issues in advance, potentially saving time and legal fees.

Our Process

  1. Initial Consultation: We begin with a confidential consultation to discuss your financial situation, concerns, and goals for the prenuptial agreement.
  2. Drafting the Agreement: Based on your discussions, we draft a comprehensive prenuptial agreement that addresses your specific needs and complies with state laws.
  3. Review and Negotiation: We review the agreement with both parties, addressing any questions or concerns and negotiating terms to ensure fairness and mutual agreement.
  4. Finalization and Signing: Once both parties are satisfied with the terms, we finalize the agreement and ensure that it is properly executed according to legal requirements.
  5. Ongoing Support: We offer ongoing support and guidance, including assistance with any necessary updates or amendments to the agreement as circumstances change.

Common Questions About Prenuptial Agreements

  • Do prenuptial agreements have to be one-sided? Prenuptial agreements should be fair and reasonable to be enforceable. Both parties should have the opportunity to review and negotiate the terms.
  • Can a prenup be challenged in court? While rare, prenuptial agreements can be challenged if they were not executed properly, contain fraudulent information, or if one party was coerced into signing.
  • Can a prenup cover custody and child support? Prenuptial agreements generally cannot determine child custody or support arrangements, as these decisions are made in the best interests of the child and are subject to court approval.

Contact Us

Protect your assets and clarify your financial future with a well-crafted prenuptial agreement. Contact West and West LLP today to schedule your consultation and begin the process of creating a prenuptial agreement tailored to your needs. Reach us at (713) 222-9378 or, or visit our office at 3818 Fox Meadow Lane Pasadena