A prenuptial agreement is not a plan for divorce. It is one way to maintain separate property status of assets in a community property state. In fact, there are several scenarios in which these documents can protect you, your spouse, and your heirs within the institution of marriage.
The Law Office of Ivy L. Graham can help you accurately draft a prenuptial agreement, postnuptial agreement, or review a "prenup" that has been presented to you. Ivy will make sure that it complies with Louisiana law and covers all the bases so that it can be invoked and enforced in the right circumstances.
Some people view premarital agreements as anticipating that the marriage will fail. This is not the case. Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements simply keep the couple's assets separate. They can be useful for insulating:
A house or other property owned prior to marriage
A business that one spouse owns and operates
One spouse's inheritance or lawsuit settlement
The inheritance of children from a previous marriage
Ivy Graham has helped couples in financial difficulties protect assets when one spouse files for bankruptcy. In another case, a client set aside assets in her husband's name to protect him from her gambling addiction. And yes, in the event of a divorce, a prenup or postnup streamlines the division of property and avoids many disputes that might otherwise be litigated.
Ivy is a prenuptial agreement attorney serving Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, and surrounding parishes. She can help you take additional steps to ensure that separate assets are not commingled with community property, which would potentially negate a prenuptial contract.