May 12, 2010 By Paul Wallin

Are you thinking about getting married but are having second thoughts after seeing so many of your friends and family go through horrible divorce proceedings? If so, you are not alone. Most people know or have heard of people who have lost half or more of their fortune as a result of a divorce. The reason for this is California’s community property laws, which state that whatever is acquired during a marriage is considered half the husband’s and half the wife’s. This includes income earned or property acquired during the marriage, even if one party earns all of the income for the family.

You can protect yourself from these laws by entering into a prenuptial agreement (sometimes referred to as a premarital agreement). A prenuptial will allow you to keep your assets separate during the marriage and if you should get a divorce, you will not have to fork over half or more of your assets.

There are strict guidelines for prenuptial agreements that must be followed in order for the agreement to be valid. Therefore, it is important to have a skilled and knowledgeable attorney draft the agreement and walk you through the process. For over 30 years, Wallin & Klarich has been successful in its divorce and family law matters. Our attorneys can help you draft your prenuptial agreement or and advise you on any other legal issues you may have. Contact our Southern California family law firm today by calling 888-749-7428. We will be there when you call.

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