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Taking steps to protect against possible divorce

Most couples in California don't want to think about the possibility that they might later get divorced. Statistics clearly demonstrate that this is a possibility for all people who are married, however. Understanding that can help people take steps to both help prevent divorce as well as to protect them if it does happen.

One of the things a person can do is to make certain that there are always open, frank discussions with their spouse about their budget and finances. The best results happen when both spouses participate in helping to make the financial decisions that can affect them. At the same time, people should have a clear understanding of their relative incomes, assets and the accounts held by each. It is also important for people to carefully review documents, such as loan or credit applications, before agreeing to sign them.

Whether a person is planning to marry or is already married, it is possible for them to draft an agreement about how their assets will be handled if a divorce happens. If these agreements are signed before the marriage, they are called prenuptial agreements. If they are signed after the marriage, they are called antenuptial agreements. Both may help any future property division go more smoothly if they are deemed valid by the court. Each party to such an agreement should have independent legal representation.

Taking steps to prevent divorce and to protect themselves in the event it does occur is not cynical for people to do. Instead, if the marriage does deteriorate to the point divorce is necessary, these steps can help to make the process easier to deal with so people can more quickly start anew.

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