While everyone enters into a marriage hopeful, unforeseen events can occur. For those that are just entering into their marriage but want to take all the precautions available to protect themselves, our family law attorneys can properly draft a prenuptial agreement for you and your future spouse.
A prenuptial agreement (also referred to as a premarital or ante-nuptial agreement) is an effective way to protect your assets and your financial interests such as:
- Homes & Real Estate
- Investment Accounts
- Business Assets
- Foreign Assets
In addition to protecting your assets and finances, a prenuptial agreement can also determine the final disposition of financial issues such as:
- Waiver of alimony
- Asset values
- Business interests
- Division of complex financial security holdings
- Division of stocks, bonds, and other investments
To have a legally valid prenuptial agreement in New Jersey, both parties must at least:
- Fully disclose all assets;
- Hire their own independent legal counsel;
- Enter into the prenuptial agreement voluntarily; and
- Have sufficient time to consider all the terms of the prenuptial agreement before marrying.
Overall, a prenuptial agreement can be helpful to couples in nearly every situation. That being said, we highly recommend you consider getting a prenuptial agreement if you:
- Have significantly more assets than your spouse.
- Earn significantly more than your spouse.
- Are marrying someone with significant debts or student loans.
- Own a business.
- Anticipate receiving an increase in income during the course of the marriage.
- Are the beneficiary of a trust.
- Anticipate receiving a large inheritance or other substantial assets.
- Were previously married.
- Have children from a prior relationship.
We have extensive experience in handling prenuptial agreements and we will formulate a plan that meets your goals now and in the future. Contact our family law attorneys today to get help with your prenuptial agreement.