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Prenuptial Agreements

Hackensack Prenuptial Agreement Attorney

1198490_35169802Helping Bergen County clients protect assets and appreciating property

When people start their lives together, it is hard to consider a future where they are not married. Many ignore the reality of divorce. When over 50% of marriages end in divorce, more people should consider drafting prenuptial agreements in order to protect themselves. When a marriage ends, they often address the same relevant issues. Though often overlooked, people avoid the topic of drafting a prenuptial agreement because they believe that it starts the relationship out on the wrong foot. This is not the case. Most people will draft prenuptial agreements in order to take the money out of the equation and focus on what is important. If you are considering drafting a prenuptial agreement, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq. Our firm can guide you through the process and ensure that your assets are safe from an unknown future.

Marital and separate property

Whether you have a modest lifestyle or are a high net worth individual, everyone has assets that they should protect. New Jersey is an equitable distribution state. When a divorce is contested on the topic of property distribution, New Jersey will distribute marital assets in a way it deems fair and just to both parties. If you have not agreed outside of court on what is marital property or how to distribute it, you may find yourself in a situation where the court will assign a value to assets and split them against your wishes. It would be in your best interests to decipher what is marital property and what is separate property before tying the knot.

Prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements are binding contracts drafted and implemented before a couple exchange vows. The document will detail what happens in the case of divorce, separation, or death. Nothing related to the children can be included in the agreement. The court has an obligation to act in the best interests of the children and prenuptial agreements do not allow for that. A valid prenuptial agreement must be in writing, must be voluntary, include a full disclosure at the time of execution, be fair and just, and be notarized.

Why should I use a prenuptial agreement?

Prenuptial agreements are prepared to address a variety of issues. They can protect separate property and establish what happens if the marriage ends. They can also include issues related to inheritance and the appreciation of property during the marriage. Prenuptial agreements can also detail fidelity, alimony, and real estate clauses.

Contact a Hackensack law firm to guide you through prenuptial agreements

Debra F. Schneider, Esq. understands the importance of protecting assets and preparing for an unknown future. Though it may be hard to address before the marriage even begins, the protection of your property should be a concern for anyone. If you need legal advice or an experienced attorney to draft a durable prenuptial agreement, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq. for a consultation.

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