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A premarital agreement, also known as a prenuptial agreement or prenup, is a legal document created by couples before marriage to establish the financial and property rights of each spouse in the event of divorce or death. While premarital agreements are often associated with protecting assets in the event of divorce, they can also address other important issues such as spousal support, inheritance rights, and the division of debts. Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP can take care of your premarital agreements in Kamloops. Our experienced lawyers will help you prepare the right type of agreement that will protect your interests according to your own needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with us in Kamloops.

Why Consider a Premarital Agreement?

  • Asset Protection: One of the primary reasons couples choose to create a premarital agreement is to protect their assets. This is especially common for individuals entering into a marriage with significant assets or expecting to receive a large inheritance.

  • Debt Protection: A premarital agreement can also outline how debts acquired before or during the marriage will be divided. This can protect one spouse from being responsible for the other's preexisting debts.

  • Clarity and Predictability: By defining how assets and debts will be divided in the event of divorce or death, a premarital agreement can provide clarity and predictability for both parties, reducing the potential for conflict in the future.

  • Protecting Family Assets: If one or both spouses have children from a previous relationship, a premarital agreement can ensure that certain assets are preserved for those children.

  • Business Interests: If one or both spouses own a business, a premarital agreement can clarify the ownership and management of the business in the event of divorce or death.

What Can be Included in a Premarital Agreement?

A premarital agreement can address a wide range of issues in Kamloops, including:

  • Division of Property: Specify how property acquired before or during the marriage will be divided in the event of divorce or death.

  • Spousal Support: Determine whether spousal support will be paid, how much, and for how long in the event of divorce.

  • Inheritance Rights: Clarify how assets will be distributed upon the death of one spouse, especially if one or both spouses have children from previous relationships.

  • Debt Division: Outline how debts acquired before or during the marriage will be divided.

  • Financial Responsibilities: Address financial responsibilities during the marriage, such as who will be responsible for certain expenses.

  • Business Ownership: Specify how ownership and management of a business will be handled in the event of divorce or death.

If you still need clarification about what will be included in your agreement, we can help you with your doubts. Contact Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP to schedule an appointment with our lawyers.

Requirements for a Valid Premarital Agreement

For a premarital agreement to be legally binding, it must fulfill specific criteria, which include:

  • Voluntary: Both parties must agree voluntarily, without coercion or duress.

  • Full Disclosure: Both parties must fully disclose their assets, debts, and financial information before signing the agreement.

  • Fair and Reasonable: The agreement must be fair and reasonable at the time of signing and not excessively favour one party over the other.

  • In Writing: The agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties before the marriage takes place.

How to Create a Premarital Agreement

Creating a premarital agreement involves several steps:

  • Discussion: Start by discussing the idea of a premarital agreement with your partner. Be open and honest about your reasons for wanting an agreement.

  • Gather Information: Gather information about your assets, debts, and financial situation to provide to your lawyer.

  • Consult with a Lawyer: Each party should consult with their own lawyer to ensure their rights are protected and the agreement is fair.

  • Draft the Agreement: Work with your lawyers to draft the agreement, making sure it addresses all relevant issues and meets legal requirements.

  • Review and Sign: Review the agreement carefully with your lawyer before signing. Once signed, the agreement is legally binding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a Premarital Agreement Be Changed or Revoked After Marriage?
A: Yes, a premarital agreement can be changed or revoked after marriage, but it must be done in writing and signed by both parties.


Q: Do Both Parties Need a Lawyer to Create a Premarital Agreement?
A: While it's not required, it's highly recommended that both parties have their own lawyer to ensure their interests are protected.


Q: Can a Premarital Agreement Cover Child Custody and Support Issues?

A: No, a premarital agreement cannot determine child custody or support arrangements. These issues are decided by the court based on the best interests of the child.

Q: What Happens If a Premarital Agreement Is Not Upheld in Court?
A: If a premarital agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the court will divide assets and debts according to applicable state laws.

Why Choose Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP for Your Premarital Agreement?

Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP has extensive experience helping clients create premarital agreements that protect their interests and provide peace of mind. Our knowledgeable lawyers will work closely with you to understand your needs and draft an agreement that meets your specific requirements. With our guidance, you can enter into your marriage with confidence, knowing that your assets and rights are protected. Schedule a consultation with us today to discuss your needs for a premarital agreement.


Schedule a consultation with our experienced lawyers to create your premarital agreement.

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