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Through the use of privately made Agreements, you and your spouse (or other parent) can keep control over your divorce/family law issues, avoiding having them be decided by a well-meaning, but extremely busy, judge. A judge is bound by the law and, unlike you, lacks the knowledge of what will work best for your family. In family law, Agreements can be reached on your schedule, at your pace, and be tailored specifically to your needs, causing minimal stress and expense when compared to litigation. Mediation support, divorce negotiation, and collaborative practice can be exceptionally useful strategies to come to an acceptable Agreement between all parties.

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What are some of the most common types of agreements?

Marital Settlement Agreements (also called Property Settlement Agreements or Matrimonial Settlement Agreements) contain all the terms of your divorce. They cover distribution of assets and liabilities, alimony, child custody and parenting time, child support, and all the other terms you need to finalize your divorce. Marital Settlement Agreements are often fairly lengthy and provide for many obligations, waivers, and protections. A Marital Settlement Agreement becomes effective once it is signed by both spouses, not when your divorce is finalized.

Prenuptial Agreements allow marrying individuals to define their obligations and protections in advance of their marriage. Wealthy individuals use Prenuptial Agreements to protect their assets from the risks of divorce. Individuals with prior families use them to set aside assets for their first family in the event of divorce. Individuals with premarital businesses, residences, or other assets that they wish to remain separate in case of divorce can use Prenuptial Agreements to define these rights. Most individuals who enter into a Prenuptial Agreement wish to determine their rights and responsibilities in advance of the marriage so that, in the case of a divorce, the outcome will be clearer. Prenuptial Agreements become effective on the day the marriage takes place.

Separation Agreements allow couples to live separate and apart and, if necessary, set spousal support (alimony), child support, and possibly divide assets and liabilities. Separation Agreements allow spouses to stay legally married (for health insurance purposes, for example) and may be converted into Matrimonial Settlement Agreements if the parties ultimately divorce. Reconciliation Agreements make certain provisions if the couple reconciles. Please keep in mind that a “legal separation” does not exist in New Jersey. Instead, you will have file for a Divorce from Bed and Board.

What is the difference between agreements and orders?

Marital Settlement Agreements, are made privately. Orders, including Consent Orders, are made publicly.

Consent Orders are a type of Agreement. Both parties agree to terms and submit the Consent Order to the court to be filed. In this way, individuals can agree on modifying child custody, child support, alimony, and resolve any other divorce and family law issue long after their divorce, such as each party’s contribution to pay for their children going to college.

Marital Settlement Agreements and Consent Orders are enforceable by the courts if someone is in default or violation of your Agreement or Consent Order.

The process of reaching Agreements can be very complex. There are many nuances and pitfalls in drafting them, and the language must be very specific to protect your interests and accurately capture the terms. If you have questions regarding your specific Agreement or enforcement issue, or any other areas of divorce and family law, please feel free to contact Keith Family Law for a legal consult. We will provide you with individualized legal counsel with one of our family lawyers. Ideally, you may find a reasonable way to come to an Agreement through negotiation, mediation, or the Collaborative Law process. A collaboratively trained attorney can help you work together through collaborative practice to come to a mutually satisfactory Agreement.

Keith Family Law is a full service family law practice in Westfield, New Jersey that serves clients from Union County, Essex County, Hudson County, Morris County, Hunterdon County, Somerset County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, and Warren County.

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Divorce & Separation

We provide expert legal guidance through the entire divorce process, from a period of separation to divorce finalization.
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When matters in a divorce need to be settled in family court, our attorneys are compassionate, commanding advocates.
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Collaborative Divorce

Explore a new process of divorce that has been proven to reduce conflict, preserve families, and promote lasting marital settlement agreements.
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Our divorce mediation services provide the expert help you need in devising a settlement agreement that both parties can live with.
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Alimony can be an emotional and complex component of divorce. We can help negotiate an acceptable outcome for everyone involved.
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Let us guide you through the often sensitive and nuanced child custody process to ensure your child’s best interests are being met.
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Child support issues can be varied and complex. We can help you ensure the wellbeing of your child is put before anything else.
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Settling on Legal Agreements in North Jersey

The dissolution of a marriage can quickly become a tumultuous situation for all parties involved. Finding common middle ground for both parties to feel like they have gotten their fair share of the former marriage needs to be handled with great care. Forming the right marital settlement agreement strategy can help the divorce go more smoothly and be less of a burden on you and your former spouse.

With the help of Keith Family Law’s expert prenup lawyers, you can rest assured that your marital agreements will be fair for all parties involved. We help our clients find ways to file for divorce in Bergen County while crafting fair and ironclad prenuptial agreements. Our team has proudly served the following counties:

  • Union County
  • Essex County
  • Bergen County
  • Hudson County
  • Somerset County
  • Middlesex County
  • Warren County
  • And More!

What Is Divorce From Bed and Board?

Divorce proceedings come in different forms based on the particulars of each circumstance. While there isn’t a legal form of separation in New Jersey, clients can still file for a divorce from bed and board to achieve similar results in Somerset County, Bergen County, Hudson County, and Essex County, NJ. Our team can help you navigate the legal agreements in North Jersey that work for you and your former spouse.

A legal agreement such as divorce from bed and board helps couples live their lives separately from each other but still have the mechanisms in place to provide financial support to each other. They stay legally married and maintain the benefits of that contract. A lawyer can easily convert the separation agreement into a marital settlement if they decide to divorce.

Making Sense of Marital Settlement Agreements

Finding a path towards an equitable marital settlement agreement proves challenging for couples with no legal experience with these documents. Whether you need help filling out the legal agreements in North Jersey for your divorce or sorting through the prenuptial agreement forms for the various NJ counties, an experienced lawyer goes a long way towards making the right marital agreement strategy that’s right for your situation!

Prenuptial Agreements in New Jersey

Signing a prenup represents a sound marital agreement strategy for couples looking to get married — but, if handled indelicately, can prove problematic. As you and your spouse start looking into firms in Middlesex County, Warren County, or Union County, NJ, finding the right lawyer for the prenup process in NJ becomes critical.

Our experienced team of prenup lawyers in New Jersey can help you craft fair and equitable legal agreements in North Jersey. Our lawyers for the prenup process help couples in NJ hammer out the details of their prenups and get them on solid legal footing moving forward.

When it comes to finding the right prenup attorney, you want to find a law office with an established reputation for handling a wide range of marital agreements. With the help of Keith Family Law, you know your case is in experienced and trustworthy hands. The prenup agreements we draw up will keep both parties satisfied.

Knowing how to navigate the prenuptial agreement forms for different NJ counties can present unique challenges to couples. With the right prenup attorney in Middlesex County, NJ, you will have the help you need to fill out the necessary prenuptial agreement paperwork to have your affairs in order. We can help you sort out the equitable distribution process and have all of your bases covered.

Keith Family Law aims to help our clients develop the right marital agreement strategy to help them have a steady plan in place for their future. In addition to helping our clients with making sense of divorce from bed and board legal agreements in North Jersey, we also provide our clients with the following services:

You shouldn’t have to navigate complex legal agreements in North Jersey without an experienced legal team by your side. Contact our team to schedule your first consultation today!



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