If you are about to enter marriage, there are many decisions you must make. Some of the ones that are most discussed, such as wedding arrangements, end up having the lowest stakes. Yet, discussions that will impact your finances, your family and your future are disregarded. A prenuptial agreement can ensure that you are protected no matter what happens.
If there is a divorce, that is the first document that the court will review and see whether it is a valid and what your rights are.
How A Prenuptial Agreement Can Benefit Anyone
My name is Melinda L. Singer, Esq. I am a board-certified family law attorney, a distinction that fewer than 2 percent of family law attorneys hold in the state of New Jersey. My experience throughout years of practice has shown over and over again the distinct benefits a prenuptial agreement can offer, including:
- Ability to define terms. A prenup allows you and your spouse-to-be to define terms for child custody, child support and spousal support in the event of a divorce.
- Financial protection for you. The agreement can outline what will happen to your finances in the event of a divorce or even throughout a marriage. Perhaps you want to ensure that an employer-sponsored pension plan will stay with you, or that you and your partner are each responsible for paying your own credit card. A prenup can make those arrangements.
- Financial protection for your children. This is particularly necessary in a blended family. If you want to ensure that your children from a previous marriage retain certain assets, a prenup is the way to do it.
- Estate planning advantages. If you have family heirlooms that you want to be sure will go to your children after your death, and not to your spouse’s new partner, you will want to sign an agreement to that effect.
Sometimes, individuals are wary of signing a prenup, thinking that it seems like you are betting on divorce. However, a prenup really allows you and your partner to enter marriage worry-free, knowing that you are both taken care of no matter what.
Learn More About The Advantages Of A Prenup
To discuss your situation with a board-certified matrimonial lawyer who understands the pros and cons of a prenup for you, call my Hackensack office at 201-870-0826. You can also send a message through my online contact form at any time, and I will respond as promptly as possible.