Before making the commitment of marriage, it is important to ensure you are protecting all your assets. Just because there is a stigma attached to prenuptial agreements does not mean that you will ever even have to use it. In this day in age, plenty of people get prenuptial agreements to use simply as a safety net. It is important to consult with an experienced attorney before reaching an agreement, since your finances may be at stake.
Why should you consider getting a prenuptial agreement?
A prenuptial agreement can help you protect the assets you worked hard for before your marriage. It may also help you protect your family’s inheritance in the event of your marriage not working out. A prenuptial agreement can also give you the peace of mind so you are able to focus solely on your relationship.
How do you know if you are executing a valid prenuptial agreement?
It is important to make sure your prenuptial agreement is valid in the eyes of the law. New Jersey’s requirements for a valid prenuptial agreement include the following:
- It must be written.
- It must include a full and fair financial disclosure.
- Each person must have their own attorney.
- You must reach an agreement before the marriage.
- Both parties must agree to the terms.
It is important to know that even if you do not reach a prenuptial agreement before your marriage, it is still possible to come to a postnuptial agreement if your spouse agrees. While it may an uncomfortable conversation, there are certain situations that may call for this agreement. For example, if you inherit a large sum of money from a family member, you may decide you would like to protect your assets.
What can be included in a prenuptial agreement?
The state of New Jersey allows you to include a variety of financial matters in your prenuptial agreement.
- Retirement savings
- Property distribution
- Stock options
Contact a New Jersey divorce attorney
When you and your future spouse decide to take the next step in your relationship, be sure to take prenuptial agreements into consideration. An experienced family law attorney can help assess your finances and determine the best ways to protect yourself before entering into marriage. The Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC can help you plan for the future as you enter this exciting new phase of your relationship. Contact our firm today.
Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.