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Relationship Agreements

Los Angeles Relationship Agreement Lawyer

Southern California Experts In Relationship Agreements

Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

There are a number of types of relationship agreements that can be used in California, including premarital, post-marital, cohabitation and domestic partnership agreements. Most people believe that a relationship agreement is generally an agreement between a couple establishing how certain issues will be handled in the event the relationship comes to an end.

However, in truth, people often find that preparing an agreement is beneficial to the relationship because it gives both parties the opportunity to talk about their needs and desires going into the relationship. In creating these agreements, couples can learn about themselves and create legally binding and lasting obligations and responsibilities that dictate how they will maintain their relations rather than how they will end it.

In addition, with many people marrying later in life and many individuals coming from a previous marriage, relationship agreements are becoming increasingly popular.

Providing the Ties That Bind and Showing the Way Out When Needed

At Bennett & Erdman, we believe in the power of honest communication and encourage our clients to develop and express to one another a clear understanding about their relationships. We are pleased to be a conduit by which such understandings are formed and confirmed.

Of course, we know unforeseen circumstances can alter a relationship. In some cases, relationships change because the other person was not who you thought they were. In others, the other person may not have changed as you expected. And in still others, people may go down different roads as they travel through a marriage and wake up one day to discover they have nothing in common.

That is not to say every marriage or relationship is doomed to failure. Many people remain in happy relationships throughout their lives. Having a relationship agreement only means that the parties understand what will happen if the relationship doesn't work out. It doesn't mean the relationship won't work out.

  • Relationship agreements
    • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements: California residents who are planning to marry or who have already married may benefit from prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, which allow parties to dictate for themselves the rights and responsibilities they will have to one another rather than simply relying on unknown "default" provisions of California law.
    • Domestic partnership agreements: Couples who will or have registered as domestic partners in California may also execute agreements akin to prenuptial or postnuptial agreements rather than simply accepting the rights and responsibilities as spelled out in California's family law statutes. For example, registered domestic partners may seek to essentially "opt out" of California's community property and community debt requirements.
    • Cohabitation agreements: Couples who choose not to marry or become registered domestic partners often benefit from written agreements that clarify important issues affected by their living together. Such agreements generally spell out the parties' rights and responsibilities in the relationship as well as the actions to be taken should the relationship ever come to an end, such as the division of joint assets or debts.
    • Other relationship agreements: A variety of other written agreements may be appropriate for some couples, including agreements related to the ownership of property or businesses. Such agreements ensure clarity and understanding and protect against questions of proof or differences of opinion.

Bennett & Erdman — Lawyers for Your Life
To discuss your relationship agreement with an experienced attorney who is also a Certified Family Law Specialist, please call 1-877-820-6534 and a member of our firm will respond quickly. If you choose, you can fill out our intake form.

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*Certification by the California Board of Legal Specialization.