Prenuptial or pre-civil union agreements (also called antenuptial agreements or premarital agreements) are designed to protect assets that you own, or are likely to inherit, at the time you get married. They may also protect you from future claims for alimony. New Jersey, the requirements for a valid prenuptial agreement are set forth in theUniform Premarital and Pre-Civil Union Agreement Act, N.J.S.A. 37:2-31 et. seq.In 2013, this law was amended, making it more difficult to challenge the validity of a prenuptial agreement. However, the requirements of full disclosure of all assets and liabilities and the opportunity to consult with independent legal counsel remain. So, if you anticipate needing a prenuptial agreement, it is wise to begin the process well in advance of your planned wedding date.
If you are considering entering into a prenuptial or pre-civil union agreement, or if you have questions about the validity of an existing agreement, the family law attorneys at the Law Office of Peter J. Laemers can explain your legal rights and draft a comprehensive agreement that meets your individual needs.