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Naperville family law attorneyArchaeologists recently found the world's oldest known marriage contract in Turkey. The contract, which is inscribed on a clay tablet, mentions infertility and divorce. Experts believe the tablet is approximately 4,000 years old. The tablet is astonishingly similar to a modern-day prenuptial agreement, as it represents a marriage contract between a man named Laqipum and a woman named Hatala.

Among the provisions in the contract is one that specifies what will happen if Hatala is unable to have a child. It says that if this happens that Hatala must buy a slave woman to effectively serve as a surrogate. It also details stipulations in the event of divorce. According to a rough translation of the tablet, If Laqipum chooses to divorce his wife, he must pay her a certain amount of money. Likewise, if Hatala chooses to divorce her husband, she must pay him the same amount.

The Benefits of Using a Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements (also called “prenups” or premarital agreements) are a common legal step taken before marriage. A prenup establishes the property and financial rights of each spouse in the event of a divorce or, sometimes, the death of either spouse. Although they often address uncomfortable topics, prenuptial agreements can be vital in protecting your assets in the event your marriage ends in divorce. Obviously, no one who gets married wants to imagine that it will end, but sadly, many marriages do. Therefore, it is important to plan for the worst-case scenario even if your relationship is presently strong.


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Naperville divorce lawyersMost divorces in Illinois are begun by petition when one spouse files in the relevant circuit court. When this happens, the next step is usually the discovery process, which means asking each spouse to provide to the other information that may be relevant or important in terms of appropriately handling the case. Discovery can be confusing and may require a knowledgeable legal mind to help you decide how to best get through it.


While there are multiple methods by which discovery may be conducted, depositions are among the most common. Depositions are not unlike testifying in court, and indeed, you will almost certainly be under oath to be honest. During a deposition, you will be asked questions and you must provide accurate and complete answers. Depositions can be long, and there is a specific code of conduct in terms of how to get through them. Generally, however, if one shows up on time, tells the truth and makes no attempts to be deceptive in any way, things will go well.

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