Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
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As two people make the decision and commitment to get married, it sometimes makes sense to settle on a legal agreement that dictates what happens should the marriage end before planned. Pre- and postnuptial agreements serve just such a purpose. If you're considering either type of agreement, the Mesa family law attorneys at Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen LLC can help.
A prenuptial agreement, probably the more common of the two, is agreed upon prior to the marriage and goes into effect once the parties are legally married. A postnuptial agreement is agreed upon when the couple is already married and goes into effect immediately. Either type of agreement may suit your needs, depending on your current marital status and surrounding circumstances.
Why do I need an agreement?
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are most commonly used to define which of the couple's property is community and which is separate. In Arizona, any and all property acquired during the marriage is considered community property, so clarifying this is important to many couples. The default is for property and debts acquired during a marriage would be split in half at the time of a divorce, unless an agreement was settled on previously.