Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
Rochester Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer
Monroe County Postnuptial Contract Attorney
We recognize the importance and support of the development of prenuptial agreements to cover a wide range of individual circumstances. We can help you explore how a prenuptial or postnuptial contract can protect your interests or offer peace of mind. The 2010 changes to New York divorce law have made these documents even more instrumental in asset protection.
Please call us locally at (585) 200-3903 or toll free at (866) 869-3164 to arrange a meeting with Rochester prenuptial agreement attorney Alan L. Offen.
Even if you don't think you need a prenuptial agreement, you may want to consider a consultation on the issue in light of 2010 changes to New York's divorce and family law laws. The revisions involve no-fault divorce and guidelines for spousal maintenance. You may wish to consider a prenuptial agreement, especially on the issue of spousal maintenance in the event of separation or divorce. The Law Offices of Alan L. Offen recognizes the importance of ensuring that spousal maintenance is carefully considered when drafting a prenuptial agreement.
A prenuptial agreement is a contract that must be entered into willingly by both parties prior to the marriage. A postnuptial agreement, sometimes prompted by a major financial event or change during the marriage, can address many of the same issues as a prenuptial agreement. Either can be designed to address your specific situation and concerns.
Addressing Assets and Liabilities — Protecting Other Loved Ones
Whether a prenuptial agreement is right for you does not necessarily depend on how wealthy you are today or expect to be in the future. We can draft legally sound agreements that address situations including:
- Asset protection, through agreed-upon distribution of specific property should the marriage end in divorce
- Considerations involving debts and liabilities as well as assets — as when one spouse agrees to pay off significant student loans with marital assets, but reserves the right to seek reimbursement through the court
- The need to provide for children from a previous marriage
As prenuptial agreements have become more common, applicable laws and their interpretation have continued to evolve. It can be critical for your attorney to be immersed in New York family law at a level that includes staying informed about precedent-setting court decisions.
Understanding the Benefits and Limitations of Your Agreements
Attorney Alan L. Offen is able to clearly explain the nuances of what can and cannot be included in a postnuptial or prenuptial agreement. For example, stipulations meant to cover child custody or child support will not be binding if the marriage does ultimately end in divorce. The courts have authority over all issues impacting the best interests of minor children, regardless of any agreements parents have formed.
To work with an experienced attorney who will help you thoroughly evaluate your needs and develop a clear, well-crafted and legally sound prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, please contact us today.