Family Law Agreements

Clarity Counts

Lack of certainty about your finances can be troubling. Peace of mind comes from knowing what you can expect and being able to plan accordingly. Family law agreements are the means to create financial clarity at different stages of marriage. At the Law Office of Linda D. States, I offer a variety of agreements that can meet the legal needs of clients seeking to define their legal rights and obligations in advance of marriage, during marriage, or after separation. A skilled attorney can inform you as to the law and options, and create a custom agreement that meets your needs.

Family law agreements that I offer include:

  • Prenuptial/premarital agreements
  • Postnuptial/postmarital agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Marital settlement agreements

I have been helping clients for nearly 20 years with their prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreement needs, in addition to resolving family law actions with marital settlement agreements. While working for a large firm, I regularly prepared, challenged and defended family law agreements for high-net-worth individuals. I now put those skills to work for clients with matters of any size or complexity.

Prenuptial Agreements

To read about Prenuptial Agreements, click this link.

Postnuptial Agreements

As the name implies, these agreements are signed after the marriage has begun. Postmarital agreements are useful for those who are married, have children from a prior relationship, and wish to clarify each spouse's property rights for estate planning or similar purposes.

These agreements must respect the fiduciary duty between spouses, which duty limits to some degree the scope and extent of such agreements (as compared with prenuptial agreements entered into before marriage). If you are seeking a postnuptial agreement, it is important to select counsel such as myself who can advise you knowledgeably about the limitations and protocol required under California law to have a valid and enforceable postnuptial agreement.

Cohabitation Agreements

A cohabitation agreement can clarify the rights and duties of individuals living together in an unmarried, committed relationship. Cohabitation agreements can prevent future disputes and claims over "Marvin" support obligations that can arise from expressed or implied promises of ongoing financial support. They can also be used to contractually define rights and obligations as to assets and debts acquired during the unmarried cohabitation.

Marital Settlement Agreements

Dissolution of marriage and legal separation matters are usually resolved through negotiation and signing of a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) that is incorporated into a Judgment of the court. Because an MSA is a contract that defines a client's rights and obligations as to all marital issues, I work closely with my clients to ensure the agreement matches their intent, and is carefully crafted to be thorough, clear and protective of my client's interests.

Protect Your Future and Your Finances. Call My Firm Today.

With the help of an experienced lawyer, you can look forward to a bright and financially secure future. To get started, call the Law Office of Linda D. States in Sacramento at 916-426-9119. You can also contact me via email.