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Louisiana Prenuptial Agreements: Issues for Contemporary Spouses

42nd Annual Estate Planning Seminar, October 2012

25 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2012 Last revised: 11 Dec 2012

Elizabeth Ruth Carter

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Date Written: October 25, 2012

Abstract

Prenuptial agreements can benefit nearly all couples. The stereotypical second-marriage couple and the couple with a large wealth disparity remain candidates for prenuptial agreements. But, the market is much larger than that. All couples, particularly those in Louisiana, can benefit from a prenuptial agreement. The default legal regime of community property presents a number of likely unintended and unexpected consequences for many spouses. Moreover, modern spouses likely have different concerns than the stereotypical prenuptial agreement candidates. This paper examines important demographic changes among married couples and attempts to identify some possible concerns and scenarios raided by these changes that could be addressed in a prenuptial agreement.

Keywords: community property, marriage, family law, prenuptial agreement, marriage contract, marital agreement, Louisiana, estate planning

Suggested Citation

Carter, Elizabeth Ruth, Louisiana Prenuptial Agreements: Issues for Contemporary Spouses (October 25, 2012). 42nd Annual Estate Planning Seminar, October 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2169991

Elizabeth Ruth Carter (Contact Author)

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center ( email )

446 Law Center Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.lsu.edu/directory/profiles/elizabeth-r-carter/

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