A prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement isn't simply a means for protecting your own interests in a marriage; it's also an effective planning tool for ensuring the interests of your children, business, or other family members are secured. Since New Jersey is an equitable property state, most property you bring into a marriage and any assets you earn during its duration are subject to division. That means whatever retirement funds you've accumulated, whatever real estate property you've purchased, as well as any furniture or heirlooms you intend to leave to a favorite nephew or sibling may be subject to division.
At Hartstein & Hartstein, our lawyers discuss different prenuptial and post-nuptial arrangements that protect the financial and legal interests of both parties involved. For more information regarding how to protect yourself and your marriage from potential conflicts, contact the law office of Hartstein & Hartstein today.
When Children from Other Marriages are Involved
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are especially important when you or your spouse have children from a previous marriage. Even if you've executed a will prior to your divorce, the act of divorce revokes that will, so if you wish to ensure your children from a prior marriage receive specific property, you will need a prenuptial agreement and a new will to see that your intent is properly carried out.
Protecting the Interests of Everyone Involved
In many ways, a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is in the interests of everyone involved. By specifying how property, assets, debt, and other factors are to be handled should your marriage end in divorce, you can save both you and your spouse time and money later. Additionally, far from creating distrust and confrontation, a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement relieves couples of some of the financial uncertainty and trepidation associated with marriage.
Strengthening the Ties that Bind
We can help you establish your marriage on a firm legal foundation, relieving you and your spouse of the anxiety involved starting a new household. To schedule an appointment and discuss the options available to you, contact Hartstein & Hartstein today.
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