Planning for a Premarital Agreement

Prepared for Peace

Helpful and important agreement planning tips and resources

They say preparation is half the battle. At Peace Talks, we do everything we can to mediate, guide, and prepare you for a successful Premarital Agreement — with the goal of no battles, only peace, love, and long-term happiness for you and your spouse.

However, you may wish to learn more about Premarital Agreements (also called Prenuptial Agreements) before or during the mediation process. We’ve collated supplemental materials, tips, and resources for you here that will help you prepare for your agreement.


Legal Issues

California Premarital Agreement Laws: state that the two of you will choose to mediate in the event of a divorce, or use a collaborative law or alternative dispute resolution process rather than litigation.


Financial Issues & Required Disclosures

Premarital Agreements and Prenuptial Agreements require a full disclosure of your assets and debts. At Peace Talks Mediation, we also ask you to make a full disclosure of your income.

Use this helpful Disclosures Worksheet to get started

Please note: If you fail to fully disclose your assets and debts, you could make your premarital or prenuptial agreement invalid, so you’ll want to be as complete as possible.

Recommended Books

Prenuptial Agreements: How to Write a Fair and Lasting Contract (Nolo 2004)

Nolo Press has a comprehensive book about premarital agreements, written by Attorney Katherine E. Stoner and Shae Irving, J.D. 

Available at most bookstores,, or 

Cover price: $34.99

Prenups for Lovers (Villard New York 2001)

Written by Arlene G. Dubin, this book isn’t detailed enough to draft an agreement, but it does a nice, readable job with the issues you’ll want to cover, and how to go about covering them. Worthwhile if you want to know more about Premarital Agreements.

Cover price: $14.95