Premarital Agreements, Second Edition is an updated clearly written primer that focuses on the fundamentals involved in negotiating and drafting these agreements, explaining the most critical aspects involved in creating a premarital agreement. A premarital agreement is a contract between prospective spouses made in contemplation of marriage. Historically courts refused to enforce premarital agreements at divorce, believing that such contracts made divorce too easy. That began to change in the early 1970s until every state, by statute or case law, permitted prospective spouses to predetermine in a premarital agreement their rights to property at divorce and, in the majority of states, to fix or waive the right to support.
Linda J. Ravdin of Bethesda, MD is a partner at Pasternak & Fidis, P.C. and practices family law exclusively. Her practice covers the range of family law issues for families of all kinds. She is trained in collaborative law and serves as a mediator. A significant part of her practice involves drafting and negotiation of premarital and post-marital agreements, giving advice regarding construction and validity of existing agreements, and representing divorcing parties who have such an agreement.