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Different states have different rules and regulations. Your Prenuptial Agreement will be customized for California.
The law of California requires that both parties have at least seven days from the time the Agreement is first presented until the time the Agreement is signed. This allows the parties to have an opportunity to properly review the Agreement and to seek the advice of legal counsel.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?This Prenuptial Agreement provides both monetary and emotional security. As prenuptial agreement is a contract between two parties, the parties can address many important issues.

Prenuptial agreements sort out current and future financial and property issues prior to marriage. In general, they set out who the parties are, what their current assets and liabilities are, and how all current and prospective property will be dealt with in the event of marriage breakdown.

This Agreement includes not only hard assets, but also deals with such issues as spousal support, discrepancies in each party's wealth, possible pending inheritances, and acknowledgment of dependent children.
What if the couple does not live in the same state?If both parties reside in different states, then usually you should choose the state of the spouse where both parties will reside after marriage (e.g. If one party resides in California and the other party resides in Arizona and both will reside in California after marriage, then select California).

However, if both parties reside in states other than the one that parties will reside after marriage, then you may select either state that you reside at currently (e.g. If one party resides in California and the other party resides in Arizona and both will reside in Florida after marriage, then select either Arizona or California).
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THIS PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") MADE ON THIS 30th day of September, 2014

BETWEEN:

________________________
of the City of ________________________
in the State of California

- AND -

________________________
of the City of ________________________
in the State of California

PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT

  1. BACKGROUND
  2. This Agreement is made between ________________________ and ________________________ (collectively the "Parties" and individually a "Party") who are contemplating marriage each to the other.
  3. The Parties intend for this Agreement to become effective upon their marriage pursuant to the laws of the State of California, including any Uniform Premarital Agreement Act, or other applicable laws, adopted by the State of California.
  4. The Parties wish to enter into this Agreement to provide for the status, ownership, and division of property between them, including future property owned or to be acquired by either or both of them.
  5. The Parties further wish to affix their respective rights and liabilities that may result from this relationship.
  6. The Parties recognize the possibility of unhappy differences that may arise between them. Accordingly, the Parties desire that the distribution of any property that either or both of them may own will be governed by the terms of this Agreement and, insofar as the statutory or case law permits, intend that any statutes that may apply to them, either by virtue of Federal or State legislation, will not apply to them.
  7. The Parties acknowledge that they have been provided with at least seven days to review this Agreement.
  8. The Parties also acknowledge that they have had the opportunity to retain their own lawyer and to receive independent legal advice regarding the terms of this Agreement.
  9. The Parties have disclosed to their satisfaction all assets and liabilities that each may have and voluntarily and expressly waive any other rights to disclosure of the property or financial obligations of each other beyond the disclosure provided.
  10. Each Party agrees and affirms THAT:
    1. The Parties did execute the Agreement voluntarily;
    2. This Agreement was not unconscionable when it was executed;
    3. Prior to execution of the Agreement, both Parties were provided a fair and reasonable disclosure of the property or financial obligations of the other Party;
    4. They have, or reasonably could have had, an adequate knowledge of the property or financial obligations of the other Party; and
    5. They entered into this Agreement freely and under no duress or undue influence on their decision by the other Party.
  11. The Parties acknowledge that this Agreement will continue upon termination of marriage whether by death, divorce, or otherwise.

NOW THEREFORE in consideration of the upcoming marriage, and in consideration of the mutual promises and covenants contained in this Agreement, the Parties agree as follows:

  1. PROPERTY
  2. The Parties acknowledge that with respect to any determination of ownership of property that may occur in the event of the Parties separating, or upon the death of a Party, all property will be treated as property owned solely by either one of the Parties (the "Separate Property") unless there is proof of shared legal ownership.
  3. Any Separate Property owned by a Party will be and remain property of that Party and the other Party will have no rights and interests in that property.
  4. All jointly acquired or jointly held property, however and whenever acquired, will remain the property of and be owned by both Parties and will be treated as shared property (the "Shared Property").
  5. In the event of the Parties separating, or upon the death of a Party, all Shared Property will be deemed to be owned equally and each Party will be entitled to fifty percent (50%) of the net equity of the property, regardless of the initial or ongoing proportion of each Party's investment, unless the Parties have agreed otherwise in writing.
  6. Nothing in this Agreement will prevent or invalidate any gift, or transfer for value, from one Party to the other of present or future property provided such gift or transfer is evidenced in writing signed by both Parties.
  7. Unless a Party can reasonably show that he or she solely owns a piece of property, where either Party commingles jointly owned property with Separate Property, any commingled property will be presumed to be Shared Property.
  8. DEBTS
  9. The Parties acknowledge that with respect to any determination of responsibility of debts that may occur in the event of the Parties separating, or upon the death of a Party, all debts will be treated as separate debts owed solely by one Party (the "Separate Debts") unless there is proof of joint financial obligations.
  10. Any Separate Debt owed by a Party will be and remain the debt of that Party and the other Party will have no financial obligations owing with respect to the debt.
  11. All jointly acquired or jointly held debts, however and whenever acquired, will remain the debts of and be owed by both Parties and will be treated as shared debts (the "Shared Debts").
  12. In the event of a separation, or upon the death of a Party, all Shared Debt will be deemed to be owed equally and each Party will be financially responsible for 50% of any jointly acquired or jointly held debt, regardless of the initial or ongoing proportion of each Party's borrowed amount, unless the Parties have agreed otherwise in writing.
  13. MATRIMONIAL PROPERTY RELEASE
  14. The Parties covenant and agree that they are aware of the community property laws of the State of California, and that it is their intention that the community property laws will not apply to the status, ownership, interest and division of their property, either jointly or separately owned, nor to their future property, whether real or personal, and owned by either one or both of them, and the Parties further covenant and agree that it is their desire and intent by the terms of this Agreement to contract out of the community property laws of the State of California, and to make a full and final settlement of all matters of property, both real and personal, previously and presently owned by either of the Parties or to be acquired by either of the Parties in the future.
  15. DOWER, CURTESY AND HOMESTEAD RELEASE
  16. Each Party releases all dower, curtesy and homestead rights under any statute of the State of California, or any other jurisdiction whatsoever, that, but for this agreement, each would have in and to property in the name of the other, or in their names jointly or as tenants in common.
  17. SUPPORT
  18. The Parties agree that the investment of time or labor with respect to personal service in the property of the other, or otherwise, will be deemed to have been made gratuitously, and without expectation or right of compensation unless agreed to the contrary in writing.
  19. It is the intention of the Parties to forever release each other from any alimony or support obligations now and in the future no matter how their circumstances may change. They will not apply now or in the future under any Federal or State legislation for support. They each waive any rights they may have to proceed against the other under any law or statute for payments of alimony or support and rely upon the law of contract to govern in respect of this issue.
  20. The Parties realize that their respective financial circumstances may be altered in the future by changes in their health, the cost of living, their employment, their marital status, the breakdown of their relationship, or otherwise. No such changes will give either Party the right to seek support under any legislation, Federal or State. It is understood by each Party that this Agreement represents a final disposition of all maintenance and support issues between them.
  21. ESTATES AND TESTAMENTARY DISPOSITION
  22. Except as provided in the Agreement, the Parties acknowledge that each has the absolute right to dispose of his or her estate by will without leaving any portion to the other, or to the heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns of the other.
  23. Nothing in this Agreement will invalidate or prevent either Party from naming the other as a beneficiary by will or other testamentary disposition.
  24. The Parties waive and release the other from any and all rights of every kind, nature, and description that each may acquire as spouse or surviving spouse in the property, assets, or estate of the other.
  25. SEVERABILITY
  26. Should any portion of this Agreement be held by a court of law to be invalid, unenforceable, or void, such holding will not have the effect of invalidating or voiding the remainder of this Agreement, and the Parties agree that the portion so held to be invalid, unenforceable, or void, will be deemed amended, reduced in scope, or otherwise stricken only to the extent required for purposes of validity and enforcement in the jurisdiction of such holding.
  27. INTENTION OF THE PARTIES
  28. Notwithstanding that the Parties acknowledge and agree that their circumstances at the execution of this Agreement may change for many reasons, including but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the passage of years, it is nonetheless their intention to be bound strictly by the terms of this Agreement at all times.
  29. DUTY OF GOOD FAITH
  30. This Agreement creates a fiduciary relationship between the Parties in which each Party agrees to act with the utmost of good faith and fair dealing toward the other in all aspects of this Agreement.
  31. FURTHER DOCUMENTATION
  32. The Parties agree to provide and execute such further documentation as may be reasonably required to give full force and effect to each term of this Agreement.
  33. TITLE/HEADINGS
  34. The headings of this Agreement form no part of it, and will be deemed to have been inserted for convenience only.
  35. ENUREMENT
  36. This Agreement will be binding upon and will enure to the benefit of the Parties, their respective heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns.
  37. GOVERNING LAW
  38. The laws of the State of California will govern the interpretation of this Agreement, and the status, ownership, and division of property between the Parties wherever either or both of them may from time to time reside.
  39. TERMINATION OR AMENDMENT
  40. This Agreement may only be terminated or amended by the Parties in writing signed by both of them.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Parties have hereunto set their hands and seals on the 30th day of September, 2014.

SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED
In the presence of:

_____________________________
Witness
Printed Name: _________________

_____________________________
Witness
Printed Name: _________________

________________________
________________________



_____________________________
Witness
Printed Name: _________________

_____________________________
Witness
Printed Name: _________________

________________________
________________________


AFFIDAVIT OF EXECUTION

UNITED STATES

   

I, ________________________,

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

   

of the City of ___________________,

TO WIT:

   

in the State of California

MAKE OATH AND SAY THAT:

  1. I was personally present and did see ________________________, named in the within instrument, who is personally known to me to be the person named therein, duly sign and execute the same for the purpose named therein.
  2. The same was executed at the City of ___________________, in the State of California, and that I am the subscribing witness thereto.
  3. I know the said ________________________, and he is in my belief of the full age of eighteen (18) years.

________________________
WITNESS
Print name:_________________


The State of California

) ss.

 

County of __________________

)

On this _____ day of ____________, 20___, before me, ________________________ personally appeared: __________________________, who proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person whose name is subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she executed the same in his/her authorized capacity, and that by his/her signature on the instrument the person, or the entity upon behalf of which the person acted, executed the instrument.

I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct.

WITNESS my hand and official seal.

____________________________________
Notary Public
Print name:  _____________________________


AFFIDAVIT OF EXECUTION

UNITED STATES

   

I, ________________________,

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

   

of the City of ___________________,

TO WIT:

   

in the State of California

MAKE OATH AND SAY THAT:

  1. I was personally present and did see ________________________, named in the within instrument, who is personally known to me to be the person named therein, duly sign and execute the same for the purpose named therein.
  2. The same was executed at the City of ___________________, in the State of California, and that I am the subscribing witness thereto.
  3. I know the said ________________________, and she is in my belief of the full age of eighteen (18) years.

________________________
WITNESS
Print name:_________________


The State of California

) ss.

 

County of __________________

)

On this _____ day of ____________, 20___, before me, ________________________ personally appeared: __________________________, who proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person whose name is subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she executed the same in his/her authorized capacity, and that by his/her signature on the instrument the person, or the entity upon behalf of which the person acted, executed the instrument.

I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct.

WITNESS my hand and official seal.

____________________________________
Notary Public
Print name:  _____________________________


AFFIDAVIT OF EXECUTION

UNITED STATES

   

I, ________________________,

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

   

of the City of ___________________,

TO WIT:

   

in the State of California

MAKE OATH AND SAY THAT:

  1. I was personally present and did see ________________________, named in the within instrument, who is personally known to me to be the person named therein, duly sign and execute the same for the purpose named therein.
  2. The same was executed at the City of ___________________, in the State of California, and that I am the subscribing witness thereto.
  3. I know the said ________________________, and he is in my belief of the full age of eighteen (18) years.

________________________
WITNESS
Print name:_________________


The State of California

) ss.

 

County of __________________

)

On this _____ day of ____________, 20___, before me, ________________________ personally appeared: __________________________, who proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person whose name is subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she executed the same in his/her authorized capacity, and that by his/her signature on the instrument the person, or the entity upon behalf of which the person acted, executed the instrument.

I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct.

WITNESS my hand and official seal.

____________________________________
Notary Public
Print name:  _____________________________


AFFIDAVIT OF EXECUTION

UNITED STATES

   

I, ________________________,

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

   

of the City of ___________________,

TO WIT:

   

in the State of California

MAKE OATH AND SAY THAT:

  1. I was personally present and did see ________________________, named in the within instrument, who is personally known to me to be the person named therein, duly sign and execute the same for the purpose named therein.
  2. The same was executed at the City of ___________________, in the State of California, and that I am the subscribing witness thereto.
  3. I know the said ________________________, and she is in my belief of the full age of eighteen (18) years.

________________________
WITNESS
Print name:_________________


The State of California

) ss.

 

County of __________________

)

On this _____ day of ____________, 20___, before me, ________________________ personally appeared: __________________________, who proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person whose name is subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she executed the same in his/her authorized capacity, and that by his/her signature on the instrument the person, or the entity upon behalf of which the person acted, executed the instrument.

I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct.

WITNESS my hand and official seal.

____________________________________
Notary Public
Print name:  _____________________________


CERTIFICATE OF INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE


THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF
_________________


I, _________________________, of the City of ___________________, in the State of California, Attorney, DO HEREBY CERTIFY:

THAT I was this day consulted in my professional capacity by ________________________, named in the within instrument, being a Prenuptial Agreement, separate and apart from ________________________, as to his legal rights and liabilities under the terms and conditions of it, and that I acted solely for him, and explained fully to him the nature and effect of the said Prenuptial Agreement and he did execute it in my presence, and did acknowledge and declare that he was executing it of his own volition and without any fear, threats, compulsion or influence from ________________________, or any other person.

DATED at the City of ___________________, in the State of California, this _____ day of _________, 20___.

________________________
ATTORNEY

Print Name: _________________





I, ________________________, the person named in the annexed Agreement, hereby acknowledges the foregoing this ____day of ______________20___.


________________________
________________________


CERTIFICATE OF INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE


THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF
_________________


I, _________________________, of the City of ___________________, in the State of California, Attorney, DO HEREBY CERTIFY:

THAT I was this day consulted in my professional capacity by ________________________, named in the within instrument, being a Prenuptial Agreement, separate and apart from ________________________, as to her legal rights and liabilities under the terms and conditions of it, and that I acted solely for her, and explained fully to her the nature and effect of the said Prenuptial Agreement and she did execute it in my presence, and did acknowledge and declare that she was executing it of her own volition and without any fear, threats, compulsion or influence from ________________________, or any other person.

DATED at the City of ___________________, in the State of California, this _____ day of _________, 20___.

________________________
ATTORNEY

Print Name: _________________





I, ________________________, the person named in the annexed Agreement, hereby acknowledges the foregoing this ____day of ______________20___.


________________________
________________________


CERTIFICATE OF ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The State of California

)

 

)

County of __________________

)


On the _____ day of _____________________ in the year ________, before me, ____________________
_____________________________, personally appeared ________________________, personally known to me or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the individual whose name is subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he executed the same in his capacity, and that by his signature on the instrument, or the entity upon behalf of which the person acted, executed the instrument.

I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct.

WITNESS my hand and official seal.

________________________
NOTARY PUBLIC
Print Name:_________________

My Commission Expires:
________________________


CERTIFICATE OF ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The State of California

)

 

)

County of __________________

)


On the _____ day of _____________________ in the year ________, before me, ____________________
_____________________________, personally appeared ________________________, personally known to me or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the individual whose name is subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that she executed the same in her capacity, and that by her signature on the instrument, or the entity upon behalf of which the person acted, executed the instrument.

I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct.

WITNESS my hand and official seal.

________________________
NOTARY PUBLIC
Print Name:_________________

My Commission Expires:
________________________


Special Notes on Prenuptial Agreements governed by the State of California

The State of California has chosen to adopt the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (UPAA), a statute created for the purpose of standardizing the requirements of prenuptial agreements between states. As such, this Agreement has been worded based on the notion subscribed to by the UPAA that prenuptial agreements should be entered into voluntarily and fairly upon the exchange of disclosure between the Parties.

It is best to sign the Prenuptial Agreement in front of your own lawyer and to receive a Certificate of Independent Legal Advice from your lawyer. Alternatively, you should consider seeing a notary public or at the minimum sign the document in front of one or two witnesses.

Prenuptial Agreement

Alternate Names:

A Prenuptial Agreement is also known as:

  • Premarital Agreement
  • Antenuptial Agreement
  • Domestic Contract
  • Marriage Contract
  • Prenup
  • Prenupt

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A Prenuptial Agreement (or prenup) is a contract that you and your future husband or wife create prior to becoming legally married.

It dictates the financial responsibilities of each party and legally divides the monetary obligations of each spouse upon separation or death. Prenuptial Agreements include terms such as division of properties, spousal support, and estate planning to protect the assets of each spouse, both during and after a legal relationship.

For individuals who want to protect themselves but who will not be legally married, Cohabitation Agreements or Common-Law Agreements can serve as a solution.

What a Prenup Covers

Prenuptial Agreements are used to protect any personal assets in the case of divorce, separation or death by creating personalized terms as opposed to the terms governed by law.

Who Should Have a Prenup

Prenuptial Agreements are generally recommended if you:

  • have personal assets that you wish to separate from any shared assets with your future husband or wife
  • would like to protect a personal inheritance, business, or investment
  • have children from a previous relationship
  • would like to avoid any conflict or confusion in the event of a divorce, separation, or death of a spouse

What You Can Include in Your Prenup

Prenuptial Agreements generally cover any and all financial matters. This includes division of properties, income, businesses, investments, inheritances, and other similar assets. Prenups can also cover aspects of alimony/spousal support.

They cannot include terms regarding child custody, child visitation, or child support for existing or future children.

What Will Void Your Prenup

Prenuptial Agreements are invalid if:

  • there was a failure to disclose all assets
  • there is evidence of fraud
  • there is evidence of duress or unfairness
  • it includes content that is illegal or against public policy
  • it was signed involuntarily
  • it includes content that is perceived to promote divorce

Related Documents:

  • Cohabitation or Common Law Agreement: Offers financial terms to couples who have decided not to marry but who want to protect their personal assets.
  • Roommate Agreement: Used to divide expenses such as rent and utilities between roommates.
  • Last Will and Testament: Ensures that you have control over your asset division in the event of your death. Your Will should be updated shortly after any major life event, such as a marriage or separation.
  • Separation Agreement: A contract that will allow you and your spouse to divide your assets, properties, and debts, and to agree on custody and visitation arrangements prior to your divorce judgement.
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