Protect Your Personal Assets Before You Get Married

If you are considering marriage and will be bringing significant personal assets to the relationship, a prenuptial agreement is the only way to ensure that your property will not be subject to distribution in the event of a divorce.

It is critical to talk to an experienced lawyer about the requirements for a legally binding prenuptial agreement. There are several factors that the courts take into consideration to make a prenuptial agreement legally binding:

  • The agreement must be drafted well in advance of the marriage date. Months to a year is not too soon. Courts are often wary of last-minute agreements that may have been signed under duress. Hastily drafted agreements can lead to problems later on.
  • The prenuptial agreement must be fair. Properly drafted agreements protect personal assets brought to the marriage and can also protect income. Assets acquired during the marriage, such as inherited property, can also be protected.
  • Enforceable prenuptial agreements have to comply with disclosure requirements concerning finances, including assets, income and liabilities.
  • Both parties to the agreement must have the opportunity to have their own legal representation. One party cannot draft the agreement and then force the other party to sign.

For more questions about ways a prenuptial agreement can protect your personal assets, talk to an attorney at our law firm. Our attorneys have more than 50 combined years of family law practice in Connecticut. We have seen good prenuptial agreements save premarital assets and we have seen courts overrule poorly drafted agreements. We will answer all of your questions and make sure your premarital agreement is done right.

From our offices in Norwalk, Connecticut, our lawyers represent individuals in divorce and family law matters in communities throughout Fairfield County. Call us or contact us by e-mail for a complimentary initial consultation with an experienced family law attorney.

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