Should You Sign a Post-Marital Agreement?
One of the recurring comments I hear from divorce clients is "I wish I had done a prenup." They realize too late that the Connecticut laws governing property division will cause them to forfeit assets that might have been protected with a pre-marital or post-marital agreement.
I handle divorce and family law in Fairfield County and New Haven County. If you got married without protecting your separate assets, or if circumstances have changed since you got married, I can help you explore a post-nuptial agreement.
Protect your interests. Contact me to discuss this valuable safeguard in a free consultation.
Fairfield Post-Nuptial Agreement Lawyer
A post-nuptial agreement, also called a post-nup or post-marital agreement, is essentially the same as a prenuptial agreement. It is contract between you and your spouse that defines which assets are separately owned and how your property would be divided in the event of divorce. However, since the post-nup is signed after the marriage there may be additional legal consideration necessary for the agreement to be valid. In addition, the agreement must meet certain other statutory requirements similar to those of a pre-nup.
You should consult an attorney, whether the post-nup is your idea or whether your spouse has presented you with one.
When Is a Post-Nup Appropriate?
Connecticut is not a community property state. A post-nuptial agreement can insulate (a) assets that you owned prior to marriage or (b) assets acquired during the marriage in your name, such as an inheritance, proceeds of a personal injury lawsuit, or a successful business you have built. A post-nup can also specify terms of alimony (including no alimony at all). Lastly, a post-marital agreement can preserve inheritance rights for your children from a previous marriage.
Connecticut Property Contract Attorney
Call my Fairfield office at 866-603-8810 or e-mail me to arrange a free initial consultation. I am an experienced family law attorney who is knowledgeable about the Connecticut statutes relating to post-nuptial or prenuptial agreements.