Non-Marital Agreements for LGBT Couples
Same sex marriage is now legal in New York City, but many LGBT couples choose to enjoy long-term
relationships without any intention to marry. If you are in this category,
it is advisable to consider signing a non-marital agreement with your
partner to protect each of you against the possibility of inequities in
the event that you end the relationship. You can find experienced legal
guidance on this matter by coming to Hindin Deutsch, P.C. We are a New
York City divorce law firm for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender,
and have been widely recognized as an authority in the field of
same sex family law. Bettina Hindin has been given the Super Lawyer rating from our peers.
Visit our office for a consultation to learn about your options so that
we can begin work on drafting your agreement.
What are non-marital agreements?
A non-marital agreement has similar functions to a
prenuptial agreement or a
postnuptial agreement, but its purpose is in many ways different. While the written agreement
among a married couple serves to protect each spouse against the other
party's claims in a
divorce, a non-marital agreement exists to create and define property rights.
When a couple gets married, the state considers that certain types of
assets and debts become shared property and each person has a right to
claim ownership in the marital property. As a partner in an unmarried
couple, you will have no such rights if your relationship ends, no matter
how long you have been together.
New York City Divorce Attorney for LGBT Couples
By executing a formal agreement, you can safeguard yourself against the
possibility of losing your fair share of the household and the assets
you have worked together to acquire. You can also stipulate that items
which are held in shared title will be assigned to either party, as well
as setting terms of support or "palimony." Agreements of this
nature are subject to the full body of contract law, and it is advisable
to seek the assistance of an attorney to ensure that the document is legally