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Postnuptial Agreements

Life happens. Families change. Situations change. Incomes change. A postnuptial agreement—also known as a post-nuptial agreement, a post-nup or a post marital agreement—is an agreement entered into after a marriage has taken place, but before a divorce. As with premarital agreements, one or both of the spouses usually is seeking to protect assets or income in the event of divorce. And, as with premarital agreements, California couples may be inclined to enter into postnuptial agreements because of the California laws regarding splitting community property in the event of divorce.

Reasons to Consider a Postnuptial Agreement

A couple may consider a postnuptial agreement for many reasons, and doing so doesn't mean a marriage is in trouble. Often, a change in circumstances has occurred since the time of the wedding, and the couple is responding to it. Common reasons for considering a postnuptial agreement include:

  • You and your spouse discussed a prenuptial agreement before your wedding but did not get it done in time.
  • You want to protect your assets in the event of separation or divorce.
  • You have a prenuptial agreement but wish to make modifications to it.
  • You want to protect your business.
  • You and your spouse are considering divorce but want to try working on your relationship.

How Our Attorneys Can Help:
Creating or Modifying Post Marital Agreements and Resolving Disputes

If you are considering some type of marital agreement or believe that a change in life circumstances requires a modification to an existing agreement, the divorce and family law attorneys of Shaffer & Associates can help. We will draft or negotiate an postnuptial agreement that meets your needs and that is sensitive to your particular situation and concerns. A well-crafted agreement does not have to cause harsh feelings; in fact, it can strengthen a marriage, ease reconciliation, or reduce the stress you face if you are considering divorce.

If a postnuptial agreement is in dispute during divorce proceedings, you can count on Shaffer & Associates to aggressively protect your rights.

Serving San Diego and the Surrounding Communities

The San Diego attorneys of Shaffer & Associates serve San Diego County and the surrounding communities, including Orange County, Riverside County and Los Angeles County. Contact Shaffer & Associates online or call (619) 595-3167 today to consult with us about postnuptial agreements.

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