What is a Postnuptial Agreement?

If you are married and did not draft a prenuptial agreement with your spouse, but wish to have some of the same protections that a prenuptial agreement has to offer, there are options to consider. You may still draft a document known as a postnuptial agreement. Continue reading to learn more about postnuptial agreements and how to create a valid agreement in New Jersey. Reach out to our experienced Bergen County family law attorneys to discuss our services and how we can assist you in this process.

Why should I draft a postnuptial agreement?

Many spouses take the plunge in drafting a postnuptial agreement for a variety of factors. The following are the most common reasons seen for drafting a postnuptial agreement:

  • The couple is looking to draft a document that will allow them to avoid financial turmoil in the event of a divorce.
  • The couple did not initially create a prenuptial agreement before they were married.
  • One or both spouses have encountered a significant change in circumstances. The following are common changes in circumstances that may prompt a postnuptial agreement:
    • One spouse recently opened a business and they are looking to protect this business if the couple was to divorce
    • One spouse may have received a promotion or otherwise came into a large sum of money and do not want to risk losing that money, should the couple ever seek a divorce.

What makes a postnuptial agreement valid in New Jersey?

A postnuptial agreement will have to meet a wide variety of qualifications like any legal document in New Jersey. The following is the criteria for an enforceable postnuptial agreement in New Jersey:

  • The agreement must be in writing.
  • The agreement must be fair and just to both parties.
  • There must be full disclosure of both spouse’s assets.
  • There must be evidence that both spouses have had the time to properly consider the terms of the agreement.
  • There must be no evidence of coercion or manipulation into signing the document.

If you require assistance with drafting a valid postnuptial agreement, it is important that you have a strong legal advocate in your corner that can assist you in this process. Reach out to our experienced family law and divorce attorney today to begin.

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