Failure to Disclose Assets and Prenuptial Agreements

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What Is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is an agreement, or contract, entered into before marriage. It is usually created to resolve issues of support and property division if the marriage ends in divorce or by death of one of the spouses. Prenuptial agreements are sometimes referred to as antenuptial agreements or "prenups."

What Is the Effect of Failing to Disclose Assets on a Prenuptial Agreement?

If you or your spouse failed to disclose assets, it is possible that your prenuptial agreement will be void. That means it will be put aside and not enforced by a court. In order to prove that a prenuptial agreement should be void for a failure to disclose assets, you will have to prove:

  1. A confidential relationship existed between you and your partner,
  2. The relationship gave rise to a duty to fully and fairly disclose each of your assets, and
  3. One of you breached the duty to disclose.

What Acts Equal a Breached Duty to Disclose Assets?

Acts that qualify for a failure to disclose assets, and can void a prenuptial agreement include:

Are There Any Defenses?

There are several defenses if one person is trying to void a prenuptial agreement because of a failure to disclose. They can include:

Do I Need an Family Lawyer?

If you or your former spouse is trying to void a prenuptial agreement because one of you failed to disclose some of your assets, it is highly recommended for you to contact a family law attorney. Only they will be able to fully explain the issues and help protect your rights.

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Last Modified: 06-13-2014 03:10 PM PDT

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