Married couples may be surprised to learn that estate planning documents can transfer property rights upon divorce even if the estate planning attorney expressly intended the transfer “for estate planning purposes only.”

Other seemingly innocent acts such as refinancing can eliminate community property rights in many cases unless the parties have a separate written agreement preserving those rights.

Agreements entered into during marriage can help to clarify and protect each party’s rights. Once again, you can avoid arguments and worry, enabling both of you to enjoy your marriage.