Prenuptial Agreement Attorneys in Hackensack NJ
When a couple makes the decision to take their relationship to the next level, they often start discussing finances and marriage. Though no one wants to think about the end of a marriage before it even begins, it is important to take steps to protect your assets. Clients going through a divorce often find themselves head to head when it is time to divide their assets. However, a prenuptial agreement can make this process much easier. The unfortunate stigma of a prenuptial agreement results in many unprepared couples in the event that they do get divorced down the road. Mark McAuliffe understands how important it is to protect the assets you have worked hard for. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe to discuss a prenuptial agreement with Mr. McAuliffe today.
How do I know if my prenuptial agreement is valid?
In order to have a valid prenuptial agreement, the couple is responsible for making sure it is legally binding in the eyes of the law. Prenuptial agreements are only valid for matters related to finances. Couples are not permitted to include decisions about any future children they may have together. Typically, the prenuptial agreement considers matters of spousal support, division of assets, among other financial matters. To ensure that your prenuptial agreement is valid, make sure it is:
- In writing
- Includes all financial information about both spouses
- Fair and just to both spouses
- Executed before marriage
- Voluntarily signed by both parties
Why should I have a prenuptial agreement?
An unfortunate reality we face today is that over half of marriages end in divorce. Just because you have a prenuptial agreement does not mean that your marriage will end in that way, too. However, it is always better to take steps to protect yourself in the event that the marriage is unsuccessful. You may want to consider addressing topics such as:
- Loyalty and fidelity
- Inheritance of finances and other assets
- Spousal support
- Real estate
- The appreciation of assets
Can I obtain a prenuptial agreement if I am already married?
Often, couples who are already married ask about what they can do if they failed to execute a prenuptial agreement. If both couples are willing, they may draft a postnuptial agreement. They address the same topics but are simply created at different times.
Contact a Bergen County family law firm
Mark McAuliffe understands how important it is to protect your property before entering into marriage. Prenuptial agreements may not be for everyone, but they are important to consider. If your marriage ends in divorce, you may be glad to see that many decisions are already made. With a prenuptial agreement, the spouses can start their marriage without worrying about finances. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe to schedule a consultation with Attorney McAuliffe.