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Marriage of Bonds

California Supreme Court
5 P.3d 815 (2000)


Facts

Sun Bonds (defendant) and Barry Bonds (plaintiff) were married in February 1988. Prior to the marriage, Sun and Barry had entered into a premarital agreement that neither party would be entitled to the future earnings or acquisitions of the other spouse. During their subsequent divorce, Sun sought to avoid enforcement of the premarital agreement. Barry testified at trial that Sun had agreed their earnings and acquisitions should be kept separate. Barry and his attorney, Leonard Brown, testified that two weeks before the agreement was signed, Brown and Barry discussed the agreement with Sun. Brown further testified that he told Sun that hiring her own attorney might be beneficial. Sun testified that she did not know if the agreement had been discussed prior to the meeting at Brown’s office. Sun testified that she was unaware the agreement would affect her future and thought the agreement only applied to the property each spouse owned before getting married. The trial court ruled in favor of Barry. Sun appealed, and the court of appeal reversed. The California Supreme Court granted Barry’s petition for review on the issue of voluntariness.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (George, C.J.)

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