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Syrcuse Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreement Attorney

Experienced Syracuse divorce lawyer in marital agreements

Syracuse divorce lawyer, Richard J. Bombardo, has 20 years of experience in drawing up the full range of marital agreements, including separation agreements, divorces, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. A key objective of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is to establish what assets will never become marital property for division by a court at a future date. The agreement overrides statutory estate rights and statutory requirements for beneficiaries on various accounts to which a spouse would otherwise be entitled. These agreements include all of the items that would be addressed in a separation agreement or divorce action.

What is included in a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is a multi-purpose agreement, stipulating all of the following:

  • What belongs to whom if the parties do not marry
  • What will stay separate and what will co-mingle if the parties do marry
  • What will belong to whom should the marriage end

Part of what a Syracuse prenuptial agreement attorney includes in this type of agreement is an enumeration of divisions and protections. It is the mechanism by which increases in one party's premarital assets do not become marital property or property over which the other party may have a claim. The agreement can also state that certain assets are shared, parts of certain assets are shared, or prescribe what will happen to assets upon each party's death. These agreements deal with a variety of items, including:

  • Estate rights
  • Insurance beneficiaries
  • Retirement beneficiaries
  • Business interests
  • Property not yet owned by either party (both real and personal property)
  • Assets purchased by one party during the marriage or relationship

There is often a provision to protect a non-monied spouse if the monied spouse dies. This can take the form of an insurance policy or be included as part of estate planning in the prenuptial agreement itself.

Postnuptial agreements

A postnuptial agreement is a written contract executed after a couple is married  to settle their affairs and assets should their marriage or civil union break up, resulting in separation or divorce. The contents of a postnuptial agreement are similar to those of a prenuptial agreement, including provisions for property division and spousal support in the event of divorce, death of one of the spouses, or breakup of the marriage.

Discuss marital agreements with a seasoned Syracuse divorce lawyer

Take advantage of valuable legal guidance from an experienced New York divorce attorney. Through a free consultation, you can find out more about marital agreements and how our firm can help. Call 315.488.5544 or contact the Bombardo Law Office, P.C. online. Based on certain criteria, we offer flexible payment options. We schedule weekday appointments from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and also can arrange after hours or weekend appointments to meet your needs.

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