New Jersey Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
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Although you never anticipate getting divorced, you can never predict the future. At Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin, Plaza & Reed, Attorneys at Law, we find that it's always better to be prepared. By creating either a prenuptial agreement or postnuptial agreement, you can ensure that your rights and assets are protected no matter what happens.
What is a Prenuptial Agreement?
A prenuptial agreement is an official agreement created between a couple before they are married. Prenuptial agreements must be in writing and signed by both parties before a marriage when it becomes effective. In New Jersey, these agreements can be entered into before both marriages and civil unions and can include various provisions. The only way one of these premarital agreements can be amended or revoked is by a written agreement by both members of the couple.
The process of creating such an agreement can be complex, and countless individuals have benefitted from the representation of our firm. Combined, we have more than 100 years of legal experience. We understand the ins and outs of divorce law in New Jersey, as evidenced by our numerous awards and accomplishments. Our Newark divorce lawyer is committed to your best interests every step of the way.
What Should Be Included in My Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreement?
Drawing up a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can be extremely valuable should you and your spouse ever decide to separate. Each agreement serves as a way of delineating the rights of both parties regarding the financial aspects of a marriage and can prevent unnecessary heartache.
The biggest difference between these two agreements is when they are created. Prenuptial agreements are, naturally, drawn up before the marriage, while postnuptial agreements happen after.
The most common issues dealt with include:
- Spousal support
- Property division
- The classification of marital and separate property
- The making of wills and trusts
- Death benefits
- Determining how the agreement will be interpreted
Also of importance is that child custody arrangements cannot be included in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. Such agreements are for financial and asset-related issues only.
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