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Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

Divorce Lawyers Help You with Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements in New York City

Assisting clients with drafting, reviewing and challenging agreements

Most people think that prenuptial agreements are only for the very wealthy. They are mistaken. A well-thought-out and carefully drafted prenup can protect your assets and property. At Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP, our dedicated team of NYC lawyers has 45 years of combined experience practicing law. We work hard in and out of the courtroom and can provide you with sound, informed advice regarding both prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

What is the difference between a prenuptial agreement and a postnuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is put in place prior to your marriage and is typically designed to protect property brought into the marriage in the event of a divorce. A postnuptial agreement also involves property and asset protection, but the document is created after you are married. You should realize that postnuptial agreements differ from prenuptial agreements in that they address marital property. Some reasons you might want a postnuptial agreement include:

  • Career change
  • Receipt of an inheritance
  • Sale of a business
  • Marital disputes related to finances, debts and responsibilities

Property that may be included in a prenuptial agreement

Prior to drafting your premarital agreement in New York City, you should consult with an attorney skilled in matrimonial and family law. We can help you determine what property and assets should be in the agreement. You and your spouse must make full and fair disclosures to each other about your assets and debts. A comprehensive and well-written prenup could cover many types of properties and assets, including:

  • Bank accounts
  • Debts
  • Cars
  • Houses

Additionally, a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can specify the responsibilities and obligations of each spouse during the marriage. A lawyer at Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP can assist you in creating a thorough, custom document. As highly qualified matrimonial law attorneys, we have extensive experience handling settlement agreements, pre- and postnuptial agreements, and complex divorce modifications.

Challenging a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement

While prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can be effective tools to protect your property and marriage, they must be well-written and reviewed by a skilled lawyer. Following are a few reasons that a pre- or postnup might be challenged:

  • The agreement was vague.
  • One spouse did not have representation.
  • The document was signed under duress.
  • The agreement is unconscionable.

Get help from knowledgeable family law attorneys

Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP is proud to help clients in New York City with all aspects of pre- and postnuptial agreements. Please call us at 646-880-4689 or contact us online and schedule a free initial consultation today to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. Our office is conveniently located near Grand Central Station.