Christopher S. Mulvaney, Esq.


141205 SE 36th St. Ste. 100 Bellevue, Washington 98006-1553

Phone: 425-998-6352

Fax: 425-223-3197


RCW 26.16.120
gives spouses the right to agree to property division. Many other rights are contained in Title 26 Section 16.

The Washington State Courts have created a 40-page family law handbook.Family Law HandbookDownload has detailed self-help information as well.

A prenuptial agreement is actually a second step in the process of memorializing an agreement. The first step is to clearly identify and label what was owned and owed by each party prior to marriage. In the early years of a marriage this step is far more important than the prenuptial agreement about how the parties intend to conduct themselves during marriage.

Below are forms you can complete and return to me so that I can email you a draft of an estate plan and integrated prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.

Estate Planning Form

Separate Property Exhibits

One reason this distinction is important is that most people wait far too long before preparing and signing a prenuptial agreement. Prenuptial agreement signed within 6 months of marriage are presumed not to be the voluntary free will of the parties. The closer to the marriage date the prenup is signed, the stronger the presumption of invalidity.

Here is a sample of a prenuptial agreement integrated into an estate plan using the templates above.

A postnuptial agreement can be used to cure the presumption of invalidity created by signing a prenuptial agreement within 6 months of a wedding. Waiting a year after marriage and then signing an agreement cures the issue of the prenuptial not being entirely voluntary.

The purpose of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements is to strengthen marriage. Hedging against divorce is only a byproduct.

Legal Services Offered At MLO

While my practice is centered on helping consumers get out of debt and protect themselves and their families in the event of death or incapacity, I am happy to offer additional legal services to my existing estate planning and bankruptcy clients.  I offer my clients legal counsel regarding foreclosure, buying and selling real estate, Transfer on Death Deeds, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, name changes, and real estate matters generally.  MULVANEY LAW OFFICES, PLLC, does not do litigation.

Contact Me At MLO For A Free Legal Consultation

Are you worried about mounting debt? Or facing a judgment, garnishment or foreclosure? Have you been putting off getting a will for too long?

I offer free and confidential initial legal consultations to potential bankruptcy and estate planning clients. Please email me at to schedule your consultation.

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14205 SE 36th St. Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98006-1553

Email: Phone: 425-998-6352
Fax: 425-223-3197
Get DirectionsMulvaney Law Offices,PLLC, is located in Bellevue, Washington, representing estate planning & probate, chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy, and real estate transactions clients in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, Redmond, Renton, Issaquah, Sammamish, Maple Valley, Burien, SeaTac, and throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.