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Marital contracts: Yes, they can be beneficial, and here's why

Marital contracts -- that is, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, respectively -- admittedly got a bit of a bum rap in bygone years, with critics citing objections based on many factors, most centrally tainted love.

That is, naysayers of such agreements often ignored their clear utility in favor of lambasting them for the perceived chill they cast on marital ardor and expectations. Negotiating and executing a marital agreement was long seen by many people as being akin to throwing a bag of ice on the embers of love.

For many people in California and elsewhere, though, time has altered inaccurate perceptions. Indeed, while introducing a marital contract prior to betrothal might seem a bit clinical to some soon-to-be partners (and equally strange in the case where a postnup is being considered by a seasoned couple), increasing numbers of couples are now appreciating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements for what they centrally are.

And that is this, as we note on a relevant page of our website at the Thomas Law Offices in Woodland Hills and Newport Beach: They are "tools for establishing expectations in a relationship."

Indeed, increasingly more couples are finding that discussing and executing a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement helped them be more candid about their marriage. Having a signed marital contract has reduced uncertainty in many marriages regarding things like inheritances, heirlooms, religious choice, protection against debt, the provision of children from prior relationships and much more. Discussing important financial matters openly has fostered honesty in many unions.

As it true with many things in life, doing things right most often effects an optimal outcome.

And that is certainly true concerning marital contracts, which must comply with various legal requirements to be valid in California.

A proven family law attorney experienced in helping clients understand, negotiate and execute marital contracts can answer questions and centrally assist in the crafting of this important tool.

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