Hudson Valley Prenuptial Agreement Lawyers

A prenuptial agreement could help you secure your future and protect your assets in the event of a divorce, so it's no wonder they're becoming increasingly popular.

Many people don’t believe in prenuptial agreements. They think that getting one proves that you’re not fully invested in seeing your marriage stand the test of time. However, in most cases, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

A prenuptial agreement is like insurance for your marriage. Most of us hope we never have to use our auto, home, or life insurance policies, because it usually means something bad happened to us or someone we love. However, if the day comes that we must use an insurance policy, we are often grateful to have it because we’d be in a much worse position if we didn’t.

The same is true for prenuptial agreements. No one wants to consider that their marriage could end in divorce, especially before they’ve even said, “I do.” Unfortunately, as responsible adults, we must consider that possibility. You don’t want to be left out in the cold financially if your marriage ends unexpectedly. You want to have the financial means to move on with your life following a divorce, which is something that a prenuptial agreement can provide you.

If you're interested in drafting a prenuptial agreement with your soon-to-be spouse, having an attorney by your side who can help you develop an equitable, comprehensive prenup is essential. At Letterio & Haug, our Hudson Valley prenuptial agreement attorneys are here to ensure your rights and property are protected as you draft your prenup.

To schedule a consultation with our team or learn more about our prenuptial agreement services, contact us onlineor via phone at (845) 203-0997.

Should I Get a Prenup?

Generally, the answer is "yes." As long as you hire legal counsel you trust to represent your best interests during the drafting phase, getting a prenup is a low-risk, high-reward investment.

What Can a Prenup Do?

A prenup enables you to establish provisions for what happens to your property if you file for a divorce and set parameters for how to handle property throughout your marriage.

For example, many couples join their bank accounts when they get married. As a result, their income (and their debts) become marital property, which means it gets divided equitably among the parties in the event of a divorce.

However, you can use a prenup to specify that your assets and liabilities remain separate post-marriage.

You can also use a prenup to protect your partner from the financial decisions you make. For example, you can specify in your prenup that any liabilities you accrue due to investments you make (or debts you bring with you into the marriage) remain yours and yours alone. That prevents your partner from taking the fall for some of those liabilities if you end up getting divorced or separated.

In this way, many married couples find that getting a prenup actually makes their relationship stronger. Getting a prenup enables you to discuss important topics with your soon-to-be-spouse, like how you want to handle your assets and liabilities, that you may otherwise be tempted to put off.

However, a prenup cannot fully dictate what happens should you file for divorce. For example, you can't make specifications for the child custody process in your prenup.

Contact Letterio & Haug, LLP online or call (845) 203-0997 to request a consultation with a prenuptial agreement attorney in the Hudson Valley.

What Can I Put in a New York Prenuptial Agreement?

Your New York prenuptial agreement can cover a variety of conditions, including:

  • What property acquired during your marriage qualifies as separate (ineligible for distribution in the event of a divorce), and what qualifies as marital (eligible for distribution in the event of a divorce);
  • How the parties can choose to utilize property during their marriage, including rights to lease, sell, or buy property;
  • How the parties will handle the management and distribution of a family business (if they share one);
  • How the parties will distribute marital property in the event of a divorce;
  • How the spouses intend to handle alimony, including modifications for the duration and amount of alimony agreements.

What Can't My Prenup Include?

Prenups cannot include terms for matters that concern child custody and support.

Matters of child custody and support must be managed by the parents or the court as part of the divorce process. Since the court will always rule in the child's best interests and those interests may vary on a case-by-case basis depending on the circumstances of the child and the divorce, prenups cannot govern how the parents handle custody or support.

Additionally, the court may rule the prenup invalid if:

  • One of the parties signed the prenup under duress or due to blackmail or some similar condition;
  • One of the parties omitted details concerning their finances during the drafting of the prenup;
  • One of the parties was not given adequate time to evaluate the terms of the prenup;
  • The court considers the prenup unconscionable, meaning the terms of the prenup are grievously unfair to one or both parties.

Many prenups are declared unconscionable, especially if the parties' circumstances have changed notably since the prenup was developed. For this reason, consistently evaluating and updating your prenup is recommended.

Need Help with a Prenuptial Agreement? Discuss Your Situation with Our Prenup Attorneys in Hudson Valley Today

Our prenuptial agreement lawyers at Letterio & Haug have more than two decades of combined legal experience. We understand the sensitive nature of crafting a prenup. We also understand how important it is to get it right.

Our legal team will work with you and your spouse's representation to ensure we draft and implement a prenup that helps you protect your legacy. We will make sure that control of your financial future and assets remains in your hands no matter what twists and turns your life takes in the future.

For more information about our prenuptial agreement law firm in Hudson Valley, read our clients’ testimonials.

To schedule a consultation with our Hudson Valley prenup lawyers today, contact us onlineor via phone at (845) 203-0997.

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