When two people decide to get married, they choose to join their lives together. This includes finances and other important assets. You may be wondering what you can do to protect yourself and your assets in the event of a divorce or separation. One of the best ways to do this is through a prenuptial agreement.
What is a Prenuptial Agreement?
A prenuptial agreement is a legal document that declares how you and your spouse’s assets will be split in the event that your marriage comes to an end. Many people avoid making prenuptial agreements because of the negative stigma surrounding them. In reality, a prenuptial agreement does not indicate a potential divorce. Instead, it allows both parties to feel safe and secure as they enter this exciting new chapter in their lives. Some of the things you can include in a prenuptial agreement include:
- Residences and real estate properties
- Business assets
- Investments, stocks, and bonds
- Amount, duration, or waiver of alimony
It is important to note that you cannot include certain things in a prenup, such as child support and child custody.
What Makes a Prenuptial Agreement Valid in New Jersey?
A prenuptial agreement is an important legal document. Therefore, it must be created and filed a certain way. This will ensure that the prenup is legally binding. In order for your prenuptial agreement to be considered valid in New Jersey, it must:
- Be notarized
- Include a full disclosure at the time of execution
- Be in writing
- Be executed before the marriage
- Be fair and just for both parties involved
If your prenuptial agreement is found to be invalid during a divorce, it can lead to a lengthy litigation process. Additionally, you can lose some of the assets you would have otherwise been able to keep. To help make sure that your prenuptial agreement is valid, reach out to an experienced family law attorney.
If you are interested in creating a prenuptial agreement, contact our firm today. We are here to walk you through the process each step of the way.
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We understand how emotional and difficult matters of family law can be. If you need the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney to help protect your right to your family, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm. We are eager and dedicated to helping you through this difficult time. Our personal injury specialists at Greenberg & Walden, LLC are standing by for a free initial consultation. Call us at 201-528-6928