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California couples may be protected by a prenuptial agreement

Times have changed, and many couples typically get married a bit later in life than couples in previous years. California individuals considering engagement and marriage may have already accumulated some assets. While discussing a prenuptial agreement is sometimes regarded as a sensitive subject, it is an important process in modern marriages.

It may be a good idea to discuss future finances and each party's expectations in a conversational manner before getting engaged. Both partners in modern couples typically have built a career and may have accumulated considerable financial assets and property. Both partners would probably want to protect their assets, and more in-depth discussions would be more appropriate once committed in an engagement.

Choosing the appropriate time to discuss details in a sensitive manner and leaving enough time to enjoy the engagement is recommended. It may be a good idea for each partner to have their own adviser to lead them through the legalities of such a document. By approaching a prenuptial agreement as a necessary business document, a couple may have peace of mind, and in the unfortunate event of a divorce in the future, unnecessary disputes and litigation can hopefully be avoided.

A prenuptial agreement is not about the longevity of a marriage or one partner controlling or distrusting the other. Rather, these agreements are about protecting the assets and finances of both parties. Once California couples have signed the agreement, it can be locked away in a safe place and forgotten about while making the most of the honeymoon and a long and happy marriage.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Do Prenups Ruin Romance?", Mindy Utay, May 7, 2014

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