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Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements in New York

Taking Steps to Ensure that Your Interests are Protected

There is a wide variety of reasons for seeking a prenuptial agreement, and the Westchester County family lawyers at Friedman & Friedman PLLC, Attorneys at Law are eager to address the specific concerns and priorities that you have in mind.

Prenuptial agreements are contracts signed prior to a marriage, generally in the spirit of protecting one or both of the spouses in the event of a separation, a divorce, or one spouse's death. They can include specifications regarding:

Courts, however, generally discourage the practice of making such premature arrangements regarding children, particularly in the event that the children have not yet even been born.

Turn to Friedman & Friedman PLLC, Attorneys at Law today for guidance through the prenup process! In 2007, the National Republican Congressional Committee's Business Advisory Council named lead attorney Sari Friedman the Businesswoman of the Year for New York, an honor which resulted in her being featured in Newsday. You can trust our team to provide the quality services that you need.

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Pre & Postnuptial Lawyer in Westchester County, NY

Postnuptial agreements are in essence very similar to prenuptial agreements, the only difference being that they are written after a couple has already been married. A skilled family law and divorce attorney from Friedman & Friedman PLLC, Attorneys at Law, a former recipient of the 2012 Leadership in Law Award from Long Island Business News, can assist you in drawing up an agreement that protects the rights of both parties.

Such an agreement can be invaluable in the case of a divorce, or when one spouse suddenly dies, as it can avoid long and costly legal proceedings associated with contesting divorce findings and property inheritance.

How to Bring Up a Prenup with Your Fiancé

When it comes to broaching the topic of a prenuptial agreement, you need to be honest about your wants and needs; but that does not mean you need to be brash about them. Approach this conversation with some sensitivity and a willingness to engage in some dialogue.

Here are some tips on how to ask your partner for a prenup:

  • Instead of demanding a prenuptial agreement, say that you would like to talk about getting a prenup. Although both statements are essentially the same, one of them invites your fiancé(e)’s input and does not sound like a demand. Remember, you are in this together, so do not make it seem like you are dictating the tone of your relationship.
  • Be honest about why you want a prenup. If you are worried about being at a financial disadvantage if you were to get divorced, say so. No one has a crystal ball, so no one can ever really be sure about how the future will turn out.
  • A conversation about prenuptial agreements can easily become emotional, so it is crucial to try to stay calm. Things will go a lot smoother if you refrain from emotional outbursts.
  • Talk about hashing out the details of your prenuptial agreement together. Your fiancé(e) might feel a lot less vulnerable if you encourage teaming up on this endeavor. Emphasize that a prenuptial agreement is not just about protecting one party — both of you can benefit from it!

Contact a Family Lawyer Today for Help with the Documents You Need

Whatever your concerns may be, a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can often do a lot to allay worries of what might happen if the marriage doesn't work out. It's not a sign of selfishness or a lack of commitment - to the contrary, it shows a level of maturity and mutual respect between partners who are willing to engage in these conversations early on to avoid potentially ugly situations later on.

Call us to set up an appointment to talk with a prenuptial attorney in Westchester County, NY.

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