A Pre-nuprial Agreement (a/k/a premarital agreement) is a contract entered into before a marriage or civil union. The content of a pre-nuptial agreement can vary widely, but commonly includes provisions for division of property and spousal support in the event of divorce.
In Washington, pre-nuptial agreements are not always a reliable way to protect one’s earnings or separate property estate.
That is because over the years, Washington courts have developed a body of case law requiring that pre-nuptial agreements be fair. The courts closely scrutinize agreements that seem unfair. If certain procedures are not followed in signing a pre-nuptial agreement that provides little financial benefit to one spouse, then the courts will not enforce the agreement.
We can advise you about the requirements for an enforceable pre-nuptial agreement. We draft pre-nuptial agreements in accordance with the best legal precedents in the state. We also negotiate pre-nuptial agreements for individuals who are being asked to sign a pre-nuptial agreement to make sure our client’s future interests are protected to the fullest extent possible.