Premarital Agreements – The 7 Day Rule

October 30, 2011Articles Family Lawyer Magazine

How much time does it take to make a Premarital Agreement “voluntary”? By “voluntary,” we mean how much time must pass before parties are deemed to have considered the meaning of the agreement, to have had the opportunity to obtain legal representation and have given careful, mature thought to enter into the Agreement?

The most common misconception of attorneys and parties alike is that the rule in California, commonly referred to as the “7 day rule,” requires the parties to sign the Agreement 7 days before the wedding. Oddly, the rule has nothing to due with the proximity of the signing of the Agreement to the wedding date. In large part, we have the baseball home-run king, Barry Bonds to thank for this misunderstanding.

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