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What can I include in a prenuptial agreement in California?

There are a lot of things that people who are going to get married need to think about before the big day. One thing that couples should think about is whether a prenuptial agreement is right for them or not. As is the case with almost every decision you will make, there are good things and bad things about signing a prenuptial agreement that you should think about.

How does a prenuptial agreement affect a business?

Some prenuptial agreements have clauses that might prevent one spouse from sharing in the success of a business in the event of a divorce. Without that clause in a prenuptial agreement, the increase in value of the business might be divided by both spouses if a divorce occurs.

Do prenuptial agreements affect inheritance rights?

Some prenuptial agreements might preclude one spouse from claiming an inheritance from the spouse's estate. On the other side of the coin, a prenup can help to ensure the inheritance rights of children and grandchildren are protected if clauses in the prenup provide for that protection.

Can a prenuptial agreement cover premarital debt?

A prenuptial agreement can protect a spouse from the other spouse's debts. That isn't the only financial aspect of a marriage that a prenuptial agreement can cover. It can cover alimony payments, decision-making responsibilities and almost any other aspect of finances.

Only you can decide what to include in a California prenuptial agreement. Contrary to popular belief, prenups aren't only for the wealthy. You can cover a variety of issues in the agreement that can help you during your marriage and if your marriage fails.

Source: FindLaw, "Pros and Cons: Premarital Agreements ("Prenuptials")" accessed Mar. 19, 2015

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