Can My Fiancé’s Parents Force Me to Sign a Prenuptial Agreement?

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When a couple decides to get married, they make the decision to join their lives together. This also means combining their families and finances. This can be complicated, especially when it comes to things like prenuptial agreements. Sometimes, parents will attempt to force their child, or their child’s future spouse, into signing a prenuptial agreement. So, what happens if you and your future in-laws cannot come to an agreement about a prenup? Can you be forced to sign one? Read on for more information regarding prenuptial agreements in New York.

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is a legal document that declares how a couple’s assets will be divided in the event that the marriage comes to an end. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding prenups, but in reality, signing a prenup does not indicate an unstable relationship or impending divorce. Instead, it allows you to get some important financial conversations out of the way and allows you and your spouse to feel protected. But, not everyone sees eye to eye when it comes to prenups. In some cases, a family may have certain assets that they want to keep within the family, which can complicate things.

What Makes a Prenup Valid?

In order for a prenuptial agreement to be considered valid, it will have to meet certain requirements. These requirements include:

  • The document must be in writing
  • The document must be signed voluntarily
  • The document must be accompanied by a full financial disclosure
  • The terms must be fair and just
  • The document must be signed before a notary

Can I Be Forced to Sign a Prenup?

Because the document must be signed voluntarily, you cannot be forced to sign. If there is proof of manipulation, coercion, or duress, the prenup can be contested. So, your fiancé’s parents can’t force you to sign a prenuptial agreement. That being said, it can be beneficial to have an open discussion regarding your differing opinions and exploring other options. You may want to have a mediator at this discussion to make sure all goes smoothly.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding prenuptial agreements, contact our firm to speak with a knowledgeable family law attorney today. We are here to walk you through all your family law matters.


Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. Our firm understands the impact a divorce can have on your life. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, please do not hesitate to contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.

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