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Pre-nuptial & Post-nuptial Agreements

Pre-nuptial & Post-nuptial Agreements

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Historically, the divorce rate has hovered around 50%. Nevertheless, the vast majority of people who embark on marriage truly intend to remain married until “death do us part”. However, should things turn for the worse, a well thought out prenuptial agreement can greatly reduce one’s exposure in a divorce while at the same time, removing much of the animosity from the divorce process by greatly diminishing the issues which need to be addressed in a divorce. Our office has handled many highly contested, complex divorces where much litigation could have been avoided had the parties utilized a prenuptial agreement.

Whether you have already achieved financial success or are just starting out, embarking on what you believe will be a successful career, have or anticipate an inheritance or own or will own a business, will earn a degree or obtain a license during your marriage, or if you or your future spouse were previously married, if you or your spouse have, or anticipate having significant assets in the future or if one party is entering the marriage with significant debt, it can be crucial to have a prenuptial agreement.

Our first meeting, called a prenuptial assessment, typically takes approximately two hours. At this meeting we will gain an understanding of you and your fiancé(e)s financial situation, and what specific goals, if any, you may have for your prenuptial agreement. As a prenuptial agreement permits you to opt out of New York divorce law, we will provide you with a basic understanding of divorce law, as it would apply to your situation. Together, we will then brainstorm the various options available to you.

On occasion, parties will choose to enter into a postnuptial agreement, typically so that they can focus their efforts on getting their marriage through a rocky period with the comfort of knowing what their rights and responsibilities will be in the event of the divorce. The same knowledge and expertise that we apply to drafting a pre-nuptial agreement is utilized in drafting a post-nuptial agreement.

Each pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreement prepared by our office is highly customized to meet your needs as an individual, as a couple and as a family. When relying solely on “boilerplate” language and when such agreements are not carefully tailored to the parties’ individual situations these agreements can result in costly and lengthy litigation. Only an experienced matrimonial attorney can draft the agreement in a manner that provides you with as much peace of mind to protect your interests and avoid legal and financial pitfalls as is possible under the current state of law.

We Draft Solid Pre-Nuptial & Post-Nuptial Agreements for New York Clients
Pre-nuptial agreements are designed to protect:

  • Businesses
  • Investments
  • Real estate
  • Future earnings
  • Appreciation of both marital and separate property
  • Exposure to or entitlement for spousal support / maintenance
  • Your rights upon the death of the other party

Post-nuptial agreements also can greatly limit the issues which need to be addressed in a divorce, while providing the necessary security for parties to be comfortable to work on their marriage addressing issues such as:

  • Asset & property division, including
  • Retirement accounts and pension plans
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Spousal maintenance (alimony)
  • Allocations of marital debt
  • Tax consequences and responsibilities

Call Our Garden City Law Offices Today
You can contact us with all of your specific pre-nuptial agreement concerns or general matrimonial law questions at 516-542-2000. We can also be e-mailed and faxed, and will promptly return all after-hours messages at the start of the following business day.




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