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Marriage can be one of the best things that ever happens in your life, allowing you to be legally joined to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Unfortunately, with more than 1 million American marriages ending in divorce annually, statistics show that there is a fairly good chance that your marriage won’t last.

Protect Your Assets with a Prenuptial Agreement

This means that you might want to consider protecting your assets with a prenuptial agreement. Although it might not be the most romantic proposition, having your spouse sign a prenuptial agreement is really the only way to ensure that you won’t potentially lose half of your assets should your marriage unfortunately end in divorce.

More People are Getting Prenups These Days

The number of couples that sign prenuptial agreements is now more than five times what it was a few decades ago. Whereas prenuptials were mostly only used by the extremely wealthy in previous times, nowadays couples from all walks of life are finding that signing a prenup is a smart way to protect themselves in case their marriage is one of the many that end in divorce.

long island Prenuptial Agreements

New York law has specific rules that govern how property, money and other assets should be divided in the event that a marriage ends due to divorce or death. This means that your assets will essentially be in the hands of the court and it will be up to a judge to determine how the property should be divided. No matter whether you were in sole possession of all of the property and assets prior to the marriage, the court can still determine that your spouse deserves half of all your assets in a divorce.

Prenups and New York Law

However, New York marriage statutes also specifically state that any contract entered into by you and your spouse in consideration of marriage will remain fully valid after you are legally married. This statute specifies that any prenuptial agreement you and your spouse sign will supersede the state’s divorce rules. In essence, this means that a prenuptial agreement allows you to determine how your assets will be divided in case of divorce instead of relying on a court to divide up the assets.

Creating a Valid Prenuptial Agreement

Although the law allows you and your spouse to sign a prenuptial contract, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a court will recognize it as valid. The reason is that the prenuptial agreement must meet a number of conditions in order to be legally valid, which makes it essential that you hire a long island prenuptial lawyer to assist in creating the agreement.

In order for a court to recognize a prenuptial agreement as valid, both spouses must agree to the agreement of their own free will. Should a court determine that your spouse signed the agreement under duress or was coerced or forced to sign, the prenuptial will automatically be voided. The prenuptial agreement must also be fair, which means that it cannot be too disproportionate or force one partner to give up too much.

One area where New York law differs from others is where it concerns disclosure of assets. Whereas some states require that both parties fully disclose all assets when entering into a prenuptial agreement, New York has no such requirement. However, should you choose to disclose your assets, it is imperative that you don’t attempt to hide or misrepresent them as misrepresenting your financial situation can be grounds for having the agreement nullified.

What Can’t You Cover in a Prenuptial

There are a number of clauses that cannot be included in a prenup, even if they are connected to finances.

Support, Visitation, and Custody of Children

Nothing connected to the custody, visitation, and support of your children or future children can be included in a prenuptial agreement. While child support is a monetary concern, courts in New York will determine at the time of the divorce who the primary custodian of the children should be, who would be responsible for making child support payments, and how much child support needs to be paid. No minimum amount of child support can be listed in a prenuptial agreement.

Clauses That are Not Based on Finances

Any terms that are not monetarily-based need to be excluded from a long island prenuptial agreement. For instance, your prenuptial agreement cannot stipulate the frequency of sex, housework requirements or requirements for physical appearance. In some scenarios, long island courts will simply ignore these kinds of clauses.  There are some cases in which a court will rule that terms like these render the entire prenuptial agreement invalid.  That said, the best course of action is to keep these clauses out. 

Unjust Clauses

Even though a prenup is legally binding, a judge may render it invalid if any of the terms are considered deceitful, unfair, or unjust. Your long island divorce attorney can review the proposed prenup before you sign to ensure it doesn’t contain terms that would be considered unfair for you. If you are a homemaker by mutual decision between you and your spouse, for example, and your prenup only has provisions for the spouse who actually earned monetary assets without regard to how your work benefitted the family, this would be considered unfair.

Verbal Agreements

Only long island prenuptial agreements that are in writing and signed by both spouses can be considered valid. Verbal agreements are not valid in the state of New York.  Also, any agreement made with your spouse verbally in the absence of documentation is not enforceable should the marriage end in divorce. If you and your spouse have agreed to something, make sure you put it in writing, otherwise it is useless.

What Can a long island Prenuptial Lawyer Do For You?

Hiring a long island prenuptial lawyer is obviously important in terms of writing the agreement so that it is legally valid. Moreover, you and your partner are specifically required by New York law to each have your own independent legal counsel to guide you through the process. In addition, the signing of the prenuptial agreement must be properly witnessed by a notary public in order for it to be considered valid.

Most prenuptial lawyers tend to be either divorce or estate planning attorneys, which means that they have intimate knowledge of these legal fields. This is essential when creating a prenuptial agreement as the laws allow these agreements to be customized to cover a wide range of assets and potential issues. For instance, the prenup can cover things such as division of personal and joint property and assets, as well as alimony and even child support.

The laws governing prenuptial agreements are incredibly complex and can be impossible to navigate on your own. By hiring a long island prenuptial attorney, you’ll receive assistance to guide you through the process and also ensure that the document is written in a way so as to be legally valid. For this reason, if you are considering getting married, it is imperative that you contact a long island prenuptial attorney to ensure the process of signing a prenup goes smoothly.


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Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
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debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

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Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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