Premarital (Prenuptial) Agreements & Amendments
Popular - A premarital (or prenuptial) agreement is a specific type of contract between two persons who are intending to marry. This agreement is entered into in order to spell out the effect of the coupleís forthcoming marriage on their individual property and financial situations. A premarital agreement is, essentially, an agreement to alter the general legal effect of marriage.
In the United States, there are two general sets of rules that apply to the ownership of marital property. Some states follow the community property system while the majority of other states follow the common-law method of marital property ownership. Under community property laws property is divided into two distinct classes: separate property and community property. In common-law states property is put into two basic classes: separate or non-marital property and marital property. The way property is normally divided in the event of a divorce, varies from state to state.
The use of a prenuptial agreement can effectively alter the classification of a spouseís property that is brought into a marriage. Thus, with the use of a premarital agreement, the potential spouses can agree that all of their property that they bring into a marriage will remain as their own separate property throughout the marriage and will not be subject to any division upon eventual divorce. A premarital agreement of this type makes a coupleís property rights regarding property brought to a marriage similar to that of community property states and those common-law states that follow similar laws regarding separate and marital property.
We offer general premarital agreements, termination and amendment agreements as well as prenuptial agreements with Spanish translation.
Premarital (Prenuptial) Forms Combo Package which contains forms for use by couples who are not yet married. Included are a premarital agreement, an amendment and an agreement which will terminate a premarital agreement.