Long Island Prenuptial Agreement Attorney

Prenuptial Agreements in Long Island, New York

A prenuptial agreement is a legal agreement both parties make prior to entering a marriage. Also referred to as a premarital agreement or prenup, a prenuptial agreement makes particular stipulations regarding property division, alimony, and more in the event of a divorce, separation agreement, or the death of a spouse.

Prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly common throughout the country. As people get married later in life, they have more assets and possibly real property to consider. People who have been previously married and have children with an ex-spouse also face comparatively more complex issues, such as child custody and child support, which they must take into account when remarrying.

A Long Island family law attorney can be extremely helpful in drafting a prenuptial agreement that will address your particular concerns that will hold up in court should it ever be necessary to execute. At Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law, we help clients draft premarital agreements that effectively address their needs and concerns.

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Why Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

One of the most common misconceptions about prenuptial agreements is that only those who are rich and have many assets are in need of one. The fact is that every married couple could benefit from this legal document. You might not have much in the way of assets or wealth now, but you could discuss important financial issues, such as whether you plan on pooling your income and sharing the fruits of your labor, or if one spouse would like to maintain separate bank accounts and control his or her own income. Even the process of discussing a prenuptial agreement can help provide a strong foundation for your marriage. Oftentimes, couples find out too late that their ideas about money are vastly different. Tackling this important topic now will help both of you in the long run.

If you do have a lot of wealth, assets, and property, having a prenuptial agreement in place will help you protect them. You might never have to use your prenuptial agreement, but planning for a worst case scenario will help not only you, but your family as well, since you will be able to bypass having to hash out an agreement in court that can cause unnecessary heartache and stress for everyone involved.

Do Prenuptial Agreements Show a Lack of Trust?

This is usually the biggest elephant in the room when it comes to prenuptial agreements. After all, you are about to embark on a marriage and planning for a worst-case scenario might not sound like the most romantic thing to do. However, this is not an indication of mistrust at all. This is about protecting both of your futures, no matter what happens. When couples get divorced without a prenuptial agreement, they have to work on an agreement during the worst time in their relationship and likely will not have each other’s best interests in mind. When you work on a premarital agreement, you are safeguarding each other’s future during the best time in your relationship. Remember, just because you have a prenuptial agreement does not mean you will ultimately use it one day. Think of it as the emergency kit you keep in your car or home. It might be collecting dust and the day might never come when you have to pop it open, but having it there provides some security.

I Want a Prenuptial Agreement – What’s Next?

Once you decide that you would like to have a prenuptial agreement, you should speak to your future spouse about it. You will then have to gather all of your financial information, including a list of assets and liabilities, and sources of income. Not every couple’s prenuptial agreement will or should look the same, so give some careful thought as to what you hope to accomplish with yours. Discuss your objectives with your attorney and make sure you ask questions if something is unclear to you. Your fiancé should hire his or her own attorney as well and, together, both of your respective lawyers should be able to craft an agreement that is acceptable to both of you.

New York Prenuptial Agreements Lawyer

Our firm's Long Island divorce attorney can make the process of creating and signing a prenuptial agreement as easy as possible. You will also need someone to look out for your rights and interests in order to ensure that the agreement is fair and is most beneficial to your family. A prenuptial agreement is an excellent decision and can help keep your family from having to endure a stressful and complicated divorce in the future, if it should ever occur. However, to ensure its validity, this important legal document must be correctly drafted. A skilled family law attorney can assist you with this and give you and your spouse the confidence you need that, should you ever have to dissolve your marriage, the agreement will be enforceable.

Experienced New York Family Law Attorneys

Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law has over 35 years of legal experience and is fully dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients in a number of family law matters, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. When you contact our firm for a consultation, you will meet with an attorney personally and have your questions answered and needs addressed.

Contact a New York prenuptial agreement lawyer to discuss the circumstances of your premarital agreement.