2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 37 - Marriages And Married Persons
Section 37:2-38 - Enforcement Of Premarital Or Pre-civil Union Agreement; Generally.

NJ Rev Stat § 37:2-38 (2016) What's This?

37:2-38 Enforcement of premarital or pre-civil union agreement; generally.

37:2-38. Enforcement of premarital or pre-civil union agreement; generally.

The burden of proof to set aside a premarital or pre-civil union agreement shall be upon the party alleging the agreement to be unenforceable. A premarital or pre-civil union agreement shall not be enforceable if the party seeking to set aside the agreement proves, by clear and convincing evidence, that:

a.The party executed the agreement involuntarily; or

b.(Deleted by amendment, P.L.2013, c.72)

c.The agreement was unconscionable when it was executed because that party, before execution of the agreement:

(1)Was not provided full and fair disclosure of the earnings, property and financial obligations of the other party;

(2)Did not voluntarily and expressly waive, in writing, any right to disclosure of the property or financial obligations of the other party beyond the disclosure provided;

(3)Did not have, or reasonably could not have had, an adequate knowledge of the property or financial obligations of the other party; or

(4)Did not consult with independent legal counsel and did not voluntarily and expressly waive, in writing, the opportunity to consult with independent legal counsel.

d.The issue of unconscionability of a premarital or pre-civil union agreement shall be determined by the court as a matter of law. An agreement shall not be deemed unconscionable unless the circumstances set out in subsection c. of this section are applicable.

amended 2006, c.103, s.33; 2013, c.72, s.2.


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