It is always important to set the ground rules when entering into a marriage, civil union or fundamental cohabitation agreement, especially when you are in a relationship with exclusive and separate assets. LA La Law Center can help if you find that a California Prenuptial or Separate Property Agreement are options you are considering. A marital agreement is different from the historical marriage regime, which was not primarily about the effects of divorce, but on the constitution and maintenance of dynastic families or a divorce regime established by the parties as part of the dissolution of their marriage. The rules of co-ownership and equitable distribution apply only to income and property acquired or acquired during the marriage. Separate property is all that a man and a woman own separately. In most cases, the separate property includes: there is a presumption that the property belonging to a married person is a common property. This presumption can be quashed by a conjugal property contract, if the property can be traced back to the period prior to the komminging to show that the property was separated. But this can sometimes be difficult to prove, as in the case of an investment account that is part of a dividend reinvestment program. Dividends would be considered a co-ownership and, if reinvested in the separate real estate account, they may lead to the believe that a separate asset is a common property. The laws enacted by the states that adopt the UPAA/UPMA have some state-to-state deviations, but this framework of laws has certainly made it much easier for lawyers to prepare opposable marital agreements for clients by clearly specifying the requirements. For example, under Florida law, there is a very significant difference in what is needed to enter into a legally binding marriage agreement compared to a post-marriage agreement in. To effectively waive the rights of spouses that are generally available to a surviving spouse under Florida law (e.g.B.
firm, electoral percentage, free wealth, family allowances, etc.), parties must present their assets and commitments in a comprehensive and fair manner before entering into a post-employment agreement. On the other hand, no financial disclosure is required to waive the same spousal rights in a pre-marital contract executed before marriage.  However, if the lack of disclosure makes a prenup unacceptable (unfair to a spouse) under the Florida Uniform Act, this may not be applicable for these reasons.  All other property acquired by a spouse during the marriage is common property.