Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

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When people think about prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, they often envisage dramatic television scenes where millionaire couples sign agreements to avoid nefarious attempts to steal their fortunes. In reality, however, these kinds of agreements are designed as methods to protect you and even family members or children when you enter a marriage. When you say “I do” to your spouse, you are certainly not going to think about any unfortunate circumstances like divorce or death. However, having a safety net even for the most unlikely scenarios is always better than being caught without any plan at all.

Here at Mandas Law, our skilled Barrington prenuptial and postnuptial agreement attorneys are ready to help you set up equitable marital agreements to avoid any problematic disputes or conflicts.

Call us today at (847) 906-2555 so that our reliable attorneys can answer all of your questions regarding prenuptial and postnuptial documents.

Definitions of Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

The difference between prenuptial and postnuptial agreements is actually quite minimal. The agreement known as a prenuptial or “pre-nup” is put into motion before either a marriage or civil union is legalized, whereas postnuptials are created after these unions have already been established. In either case, there are distinct Illinois laws that govern the set contracts.

Prenuptials must follow the guidelines of the Illinois Uniform Premarital Agreement Act, along with the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. No matter which agreement is applicable to you, our team can help advise you on how to properly fill out the correct documentation.

Determining the Need for Marital Agreements

Some people wonder whether these types of agreements are really necessary. After all, isn't discussing a divorce right before or after a wedding simply inviting trouble? It is important to recognize that these agreements are designed to protect you, any children you have had in previous relationships, and the assets and property you bring into the relationship. If a divorce should ever happen, both parties could avoid having the grievous conflicts over issues of dividing property and assets, determining maintenance for spouses, or figuring out child support.

Some other benefits that are provided by having prenups and postnups include:

  • Safeguarding your marriage against future money issues, including problems driven by your spouse’s family

  • Offering a personalized, organized framework for your mutual financial plans following marriage

  • Building shared goals regarding what you want to accomplish in the future

  • Providing financial accountability should either of you forget to utilize assets and property as discussed

Sensitive Counsel

Even though these kinds of agreements are actually designed to bring greater security and unity between two people, we can understand how stereotypes of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can potentially create conflict or anxiety. This is why our Barrington prenuptial and postnuptial agreement lawyers handle the delicate issue with empathy and sensitivity, always ready to reassure clients.

Contact us now to get the advice of our compassionate attorneys at Mandas Law. We serve clients throughout Cook, McHenry, DuPage, and Lake Counties; we're ready to serve you.

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