Family Law: Prenuptial Agreement

A Prenuptial Agreement is a contract entered into by two people before their marriage. They redefine the laws of the State of Washington and how it applies to their specific marriage. They often decide how property will be divided if they get a divorce, legal separation, annulment, of when one of them dies. Some couple wait until after they are married to make these agreements, then the contract is a marital (or post-nuptial) agreement.

In general, a Washington Prenuptial Agreement is more likely to be enforced by a court if the contract is fair and if both parties are honest and clear about their finances, including income, assets (including values), and liabilities. Sometimes a couple will not follow the agreement while they are married, and this can make the agreement unenforceable.

Prenuptial Agreements are very complicated and are often not enforced by a court if they are not carefully written. Attorneys can help make an agreement more enforceable. It is a good idea for both parties to have independent legal advice (meaning each of you have different attorneys) and help in drafting the contract. Please call us at 425-255-4542 to discuss your situation with one of our family law attorneys.