Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreement Lawyers in Queens, NY
Fighting for Your Family’s Best Interests
No one wants their marriage to end in divorce. With the divorce rate in the U.S. being consistently high, divorce is unfortunately a possibility for all couples. In order to safeguard your future, you and your spouse should strongly consider drafting a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. It’s not pessimistic—it’s realistic and responsible. At Levi Divorce & Family Law Attorneys, our prenuptial and postnuptial attorneys have years of experience in the state of New York helping couples prepare for a more secure future.
What Is the Difference Between a Prenup & a Postnup?
The only difference between a prenuptial and a postnuptial agreement is that a prenuptial agreement is signed before the marriage and a postnuptial agreement is signed after. Both are legal documents that serve to provide certainty in the event of a divorce.
The agreement covers important family topics including:
- Property obtained prior to marriage
- Spousal support
- Asset division & asset protection
- Future retirement and income benefits
- Protection of Inheritances and Trust benefits
By having clear lines drawn either before or after the marriage ceremony, if you and your spouse ever separate or file for a divorce, the process will be much smoother.
A prenuptial agreement can often be more readily agreed upon than a postnuptial agreement because it is signed before the marriage when you and your partner are still independent with your own assets. Postnuptial agreements are a great option for couples going through big changes that wish to resolve major issues that may arise in the event of a separation or divorce. Our attorneys can work with you to tailor an agreement that best fits your situation.
Do I Need a Prenup or a Postnup?
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements aren’t just for rich people. If you’re expecting to receive an inheritance, or if your partner has a lot of debt that will be entering the marriage, you might want to consider working with our team to create an agreement that the two of you can agree on.
Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement
A Prenup Can Make Your Marriage Stronger
One of the most underrated advantages of getting a prenup is that it forces both parties to have difficult conversations with each other before finalizing their marriage.
It's no secret that most people don't enjoy talking about how much money they make or how much debt they carry. But a prenup forces both parties in a marriage to lay their finances bare and honestly discuss how to handle them.
Prenups enable partners to avoid the dreaded situation of figuring out one party has a mountain of credit debt they neglected to mention, or a significant chunk of inheritance the other party didn't know about. Discussing these matters can be uncomfortable, but it almost always benefits the health of the relationship long-term.
You Can Protect Your Spouse Using a Prenup
You can use your prenup to afford your spouse certain protections, such as insulating them from incurring any debts you may incur from investment opportunities or similar risky ventures.
If you intend on doing anything that carries some financial risk, a prenup can be a great way to assuage your partner's fears about your finances and ensure that if anything goes wrong, you're the one who takes the brunt of the failure.
A Prenup Can Keep Your Assets (& Liabilities) Separate
One of the riskiest things couples do is entangle their assets and liabilities after marriage by using things like a joint bank account or co-signed contracts to involve both parties in financial decisions.
If you're leery about joining your finances to your partner's, you can use a prenup to stipulate that each party should keep their asset and liabilities separate. Whether you ever file for divorce or not, separating assets and liabilities can save you plenty of headaches.
How We Help
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements need to be air-tight so they can hold up in court if you and your partner ever reach that place. Our New York prenuptial agreement attorneys have experience in drafting durable agreements and can help you with yours for an affordable flat-fee.
With our help, we can ensure that:
- Your financial interests are protected in the event of a divorce
- You are fully aware of your rights
- The terms of the agreement are specific and enforceable
If you and your partner ever decide to file for divorce, the last thing you’ll need is a poorly written prenuptial or postnuptial agreement causing more conflict. You can trust our team to make things simple and concise.
Call us at (718) 215-0121 for a free consultation for your prenuptial or postnuptial agreement support.