Protecting your Assets with a Prenuptial Agreement

Discussing prenuptial agreements may not be the most romantic item on your wedding to-do list, however, it is one of the most important.  Louisiana is a community property state, meaning that upon divorce most of a couple's property is split 50/50.  A prenup or matrimonial agreement allows parties to modify this by establishing a contract involving separate property or to terminate the legal regime of community property entirely.  

What is a prenuptial agreement? 

A prenuptial agreement is a contractual agreement made by a couple intending to marry that protects the assets that you have acquired before marriage.  A prenup can also define the amount of debt each person may owe before getting married and make each person responsible for those amounts.  

Requirements for a Prenuptial Agreement in Louisiana:

Must be a written agreement
Must have the signature of both spouses
Must have declaration of the intent to marry
Must include the intended alteration of the legal regime of acquets and gains 
Must be signed before a notary public 

While a prenuptial agreement is not a guarantee your marriage will end in divorce, it will lay the groundwork for a peaceful resolution should a divorce occur.  Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to learn more.  

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