The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined defendant-wife's motion to set aside the prenuptial agreement should have been granted:
“An agreement between spouses or prospective spouses should be closely scrutinized, and may be set aside upon a showing that it is unconscionable, or the result of fraud, or where it is shown to be manifestly unfair to one spouse because of overreaching on the part of the other spouse” … “An agreement is unconscionable if it is one which no person in his or her senses and not under delusion would make on the one hand, and no honest and fair person would accept on the other, the inequality being so strong and manifest as to shock the conscience and confound the judgment of any person of common sense'”… . An agreement that might not have been unconscionable when entered into may become unconscionable at the time a final judgment would be entered … . The burden of proof as to unconscionability is on the party seeking to set aside the agreement … .
Here, contrary to the Supreme Court's determination, the defendant sustained her burden of establishing that the prenuptial agreement was, at the time this action was before the court, unconscionable. Enforcement of the agreement would result in the risk of the defendant's becoming a public charge. The defendant, who is unemployed, largely without assets, and the primary caregiver for the parties' young children, would, under the prenuptial agreement, receive only $20,000, in full satisfaction of all claims, even though the plaintiff earns approximately $300,000 annually as a physician … . Taha v Elzemity, 2018 NY Slip Op 00188, Second Dept 1-10-18
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