Close to 50% of American marriages on an average end in divorce. With frightening statistics like those, it's not surprising that individuals who walk into a marriage want to ensure that their interests are protected at all times. Consider this. Divorce is one of the easiest routes to financial ruin. Discuss creating a prenuptial agreement or a postnuptial contract with a Beverly Hills prenuptial agreement attorney at the Citadel Law Corporation. Our firm has more than 26 years of experience helping Orange County residents walk down the aisle, with their assets fully protected. There are legal tools that you can make of to ensure that your assets and your best interests are protected, during the marriage. Those tools include premarital agreements that are signed before the marriage, and postnuptial agreements that are signed after the marriage. Prenuptial Agreements These are legal documents that are signed before you get married. Prenuptial agreements have been around for centuries, and there is evidence that these agreements actually existed in earlier civilizations when women wrote contracts that specified for their rights if the marriage ended. In the modern context, prenuptial agreements are still the preserve of the wealthy. But that isn't true at all. You don't have to be exceedingly wealthy or have significant assets to sign a prenuptial agreement. Basically, if you earn more than your partner or expect to earn an income much higher than your partner in the future, you need a prenuptial agreement. Also, get a prenuptial agreement in any of the following situations: There is a huge age gap between you and your spouse You or your spouse have children from a previous marriage Some experts recommend that everybody gets a prenuptial agreement, no matter what their financial status is. Having a prenuptial agreement encourages open communication about your finances, and encourages you to start the marriage on an honest note. A postnuptial agreement, as the name signifies, is similar to a prenuptial, but will be signed after the marriage. A couple may notice some problems in the marriage, and may sign a postnuptial agreement to help fix it. More and more Orange County residents are discovering the benefits of protecting their rights in a prenuptial agreement. For help drafting a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that suits your specific situation, speak to a Beverly Hills prenuptial agreement attorney at the Citadel Law Corporation. Call 949-852-8181 to discuss creating a prenuptial/postnuptial agreement with an attorney at our firm today.