Postnuptial agreements, like pre-nuptial agreements but after marriage, are usually entered into for monetary reasons – if a spouse inherits a large sum of money, or has a change in jobs – the postnup will outline for the parties who is entitled to what. If you believe a postnuptial agreement is right for you, contact an experienced New Jersey postnuptial agreement lawyer from Lawrence Law today.
Although some may feel uncomfortable suggesting drafting such an agreement, the truth is, most couples feel a sense of relief once they do. Drafting a postnuptial agreement can give you peace of mind and allow you to get back to focusing on what matters most: your marriage. A New Jersey family lawyer from Lawrence Law can help ensure your postnup is fair, just, and legally binding.
What is a postnuptial agreement?
In New Jersey, it is similar to a prenuptial agreement except that it is a contract made between spouses during the marriage.
What can be negotiated in a postnuptial agreement?
Like prenuptial agreements, spouses entering into a postnup can negotiate issues of support and distribution of assets and debts. However, provisions involving children will generally be invalid.
When should a postnuptial agreement be signed?
This type of agreement may be signed at any time during the marriage. However, there may exist challenges when parties seek to enforce postnuptial agreements. To the extent possible, parties should consider entering into a prenuptial agreement in lieu of entering into an agreement impacting their rights post-marriage.
In New Jersey, what is required for a postnuptial agreement to be upheld by the court?
These agreements must be in writing and knowingly and voluntarily entered into by both spouses with a knowledge of all financial circumstances. It is important that each party have an opportunity to retain counsel, or affirmatively waive his/her opportunity to do so in writing.
What are the reasons why a postnuptial agreement may be declared invalid by the court in New Jersey?
By their very nature, they are challenging to enforce. As the proposed agreement is to be made during the marriage, our courts are particularly concerned about fairness and whether or not a spouse may have felt coerced or threatened to enter into this type of agreement to avoid a divorce and preserve the family unit.
Don’t go through the process of crafting your postnuptial agreement on your own. A seasoned postnuptial agreement lawyer from Lawrence Law can ensure your agreement is fair to both parties and enforceable under New Jersey law. Contact us today so we can get started.
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