Marital Agreements Safeguarding Your Family's Future

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Helping You Effectively Negotiate Divorce Settlement Terms in New Jersey

If you are facing a potential divorce in New Jersey, you will eventually need to work out all of the terms and conditions of the issues involved in dissolving your union. This can be done between you and your spouse if you are on good enough terms to engage in rational interaction. Otherwise, these terms can be negotiated with the help of an attorney or resolved through formal mediation. Once the terms and arrangements are resolved, they can be spelled out in what is known as a marital settlement agreement. These agreements provide a framework for how you and your ex-spouse may relate once the divorce is finalized, especially in the matter of co-parenting.

If you are facing a divorce in or around Parsippany, Simon, O’Brien, & Knapp is here to help you move through negotiations with your spouse to create a mutually-acceptable marital agreement. As a firm that is settlement-driven, we have extensive experience helping clients work out acceptable agreements that are fair, just, and in the best interests of everyone. This may seem difficult to do when conflict arises between parties but our proficient legal team has developed the skills and practices that can assist you in working through your differences to achieve settlements outside of courtroom intervention. When done, this is more cost-effective, less time-consuming, and less stressful than litigation.

New Jersey Marital Agreements

As stated above, marital agreements will outline the terms of your divorce. These agreements should settle the following issues:

  • How assets, property, and debts will be divided through equitable distribution; this will include all financial information concerning the marital estate
  • Whether alimony will be provided and if so, its terms
  • How child custody and parenting time schedules will be arranged
  • How child support will be calculated
  • How any other vital and legally binding issue pertaining to the divorce will be resolved

It is important to ensure that your marital agreement is written properly and clearly and that it covers all relevant issues in as specific terms as possible to avoid future disputes or litigation. It should also include direction as to how future disagreements may be resolved.

At Simon, O’Brien, & Knapp, we can prepare this document based on what has been worked out between you and your spouse. We can also review any agreement you have previously drafted to ensure that it is written to proper legal standards. Once your marital settlement has been thoroughly prepared, it can be submitted to the court for approval. Once approved it can be made part of the final divorce decree, making it legally binding as a court order.

It is important to understand that all terms and agreements that you want to be enforceable under law be included in your agreement. Anything left out will not be enforceable by a court.

Modifications of Marital Agreements

Certain terms of a marital agreement may be modified in the future should a substantial change in circumstances occur for either party. Generally, custody and parenting arrangements, child support, and alimony terms may be amended by the court in the event it deems that such changes are justified. However, you generally cannot change the terms of your marital property division in a post-divorce situation.

Ensure That Your Marital Agreement is Properly Created

It is vital that mistakes, omissions, and ambiguity do not enter into your marital agreement. That is why we recommend that you turn to Simon, O’Brien, & Knapp to ensure that your agreement is drafted accurately, thoroughly, and clearly and that it meets and protects all your current and future needs.

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Get the help you need in negotiating and drafting your marital agreement. Contact us at (973) 604-2224 to begin the process today.

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