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I'm visiting my girlfriend in CA now and we're considering getting married (so that I can join her greencard application). We can get the marriage licence and civil marriage done next week in Santa Cruz, but we need a Prenub.
Can we use a standard online prenub to protect assets and e.g. future depts (in case we start businesses)? Is such prenub enforceable without legal council, a witness or 7 day waiting period?
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It's a "prenup" (short for prenuptial). Yes, you can use a standard prenup to protect assets and future debts. It is absolutely enforceable without legal counsel (although lack of legal counsel could be argued by someone seeking to overrule that prenup, arguing that there was coercion or other undue influence...), and you don't need a witness or waiting period. Having it notarized helps, as there's additional evidence showing that the signatures are legit.

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