It is often said that when you marry someone, you are marrying the family too. A marriage joins together two families and creates new bonds and relationships. But, this can also be complicated. Sometimes, a protective parent may have reservations about a relationship, especially when it comes to finances. You and your future in-laws may not see eye to eye when it comes to things like prenuptial agreements. So, can your fiancé’s parents force you to sign a prenup? Read on to learn more about prenuptial agreements in New Jersey.

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is a document created before a marriage. The purpose of the document is to declare how your and your partner’s assets will be split in the event that the marriage ends through death, divorce, or separation. Because of these negative connotations, discussions surrounding prenup agreements can be tense. In reality, many happy and healthy couples sign prenuptial agreements. These agreements allow you to have important financial discussions with your future spouse before the marriage, rather than after. Additionally, signing a prenup does not indicate a lack of trust or an unstable relationship.

What Makes a Prenup Valid?

If you create and sign a prenuptial agreement, there are certain requirements you must meet. These requirements include:

  • The document must be in writing
  • Both parties must provide full disclosure at the time of execution
  • The document must be notarized
  • The document must be fair and just for both parties
  • The agreement must be signed without coercion, manipulation, or duress
  • The agreement must be executed before the marriage

Can I Be Forced to Sign a Prenup?

Because a prenuptial agreement will not be found valid if it is signed under coercion, manipulation, or duress, you cannot be forced to sign a prenup. An invalid prenup can cause a lot of trouble in the event that a couple does decide to divorce.

If you have any questions or concerns about a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, contact our firm to speak with a knowledgeable attorney.

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