When a couple gets engaged and is preparing for marriage, they may want to think about drafting a prenuptial agreement to protect the assets they have acquired separately before they get married. Though many people are under the misconception that prenuptial agreements are only for the very wealthy, this is not the case. Anyone can take legal precautions to protect themselves, regardless of their financial status. Of course, when one person does come into a marriage with significant assets, they should absolutely protect them. A prenuptial agreement can be a great way for both parties in the relationship to protect themselves and focus on the important aspects of their relationship and the marriage ahead.
It is important that when a couple does draft a prenuptial agreement, they ensure that it is valid in the eyes of the state. The requirements of a valid prenuptial agreement include the following:
- The document must be written
- The document must be signed voluntarily by both parties
- The document has to include a full financial disclosure for both parties
- The terms of the agreement have to be fair and just to both parties
- The document has to be signed in front of a notary
- The document must not include any language regarding current or future children
If you have questions about drafting a prenuptial agreement, contact our firm today.
Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today for a free consultation.