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You Are Getting Married: Three Things to Do Now!

The engagement period is magical, probably one of the happiest times of anyone’s life.  The engagement period is full of fun – parties, gifts, wedding planning, thinking about a home and life together. This is certainly how I felt when I was engaged to be married more than 17 years ago.  But leaving the single life to become married is … Continued

The Mediated Prenuptial Agreement: A “Love Document?”

Many people say a prenuptial agreement is an “anti-love” document; it’s “not romantic.”   This may be true.  Just Google the words “romantic” and “love” and you will find out that neither of these words alone defines a healthy, good or successful marriage.  Now Google what makes a healthy, happy and successful marriage.  You will find that while spouses may … Continued

Reasons to Have a Prenuptial Agreement (Not Related to Divorce)

A prenuptial agreement allows couples to opt out of the California Family Code in part, or in whole, by reaching their own agreement about their financial affairs – during the marriage as well as in the event of a divorce. Most people think that when a person wants a prenuptial agreement, that person is exhibiting little faith in the success … Continued

The Mediated Prenup

Reprinted from the Friday April 12, 2013 Los Angeles Daily Journal, Marlo Van Oorschot’s article titled “Happy beginnings: mediated prenuptial agreements” explores the negotiation and creation of a premarital agreement with the guidance of a mediator. Download Mediated Prenups

Do You “Like” Prenuptial Agreements?

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, was rich before his company went public May 18.  Now, overnight as a result of the second largest IPO in history, Zuckerberg is worth more than $20 billion.  Interestingly, the day after Facebook went public, he married his long-time girlfriend.  The first question that entered my mind upon reading this was, “Does he … Continued

A Magic Formula for the Enforceability of Premarital Agreements?

Assume Enforceability Everyone wonders whether premarital agreements are enforceable.  The answer must be “yes” unless specific contract or statutory defenses can be proven.  There seem to be urban legends about the lack of enforceability of these agreements, but there is no doubt a court is going to presume the agreement is enforceable.  The case of In re Marriage of Friedman … Continued

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Premarital agreements, also known as prenuptial or antenuptial agreements, are ancient. In the Jewish religion, marital contracts called ketubahs have been around for more than two thousand years. Many ancient cultures also have the equivalent of prenuptial agreements.  The modern secular prenuptial agreements that exist in the United States can be traced back to sixteenth-century England.  From these historic roots, … Continued

The Enforceability of Prenuptial Agreements

This week Britain’s high court ruled that prenuptial agreements should be enforceable.  Learning about Britain’s long time law to not enforce prenuptial agreements shocked me because California has approved of individuals entering prenuptial agreements for many years; although, the law surrounding such agreements continues to develop.

Marlo Van Oorschot’s Radio Interview on Premarital Agreements

Premarital agreements, also known as prenuptial or antenuptial agreements, are used to opt-out of a state’s law that would otherwise govern the characterization and disposition of assets and debts acquired during a marriage; and, in some states such as California, spousal support.  The agreement becomes effective upon marriage.  This program discusses the legal and practical reasons for and against entering … Continued