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The Benefits of Postnuptial Agreements

 Posted on April 25, 2023 in Prenuptial Agreements

st. charles divorce lawyerYou may have heard of prenuptial agreements between a couple before marriage, but have you heard of postnuptial agreements? A postnuptial agreement, also known as a post-marital agreement, is a legal document created by couples who are already married.

It outlines the division of assets and liabilities in the event of a divorce or separation. Postnuptial agreements can be created at any time during the marriage and can offer plenty of benefits for couples.

Let’s discuss some of the key benefits of postnuptial agreements, to show you why you may want to consider getting one.

Just remember to always consult an experienced DuPage County family law attorney for guidance on matters of pre- and postnuptial agreements.

Avoid Legal & Financial Disputes

The primary benefit of postnuptial agreements is that they can help couples avoid costly and contentious legal battles in the event of a separation or divorce.

A well-drafted postnuptial agreement can establish clear guidelines for the division of assets and liabilities, which can help prevent disputes over property and finances. You and your partner can save a lot of time and money on lawyers and court proceedings.

It can be especially beneficial for couples with complex financial portfolios or significant assets, who may otherwise have to go through complex, costly, and time-consuming high-asset divorces.

Establish Trust & Transparency

Another benefit of postnuptial agreements is that they can help married couples establish financial trust and transparency. By creating a postnuptial agreement, couples are forced to have open and honest conversations about their financial situations, which can lead to better communication and a stronger relationship overall.

Financial Protection

Moreover, postnuptial agreements can be useful in situations where one spouse is concerned about the other's financial behavior. For example, if your spouse has a history of overspending or accumulating significant debt, a postnuptial agreement can establish clear boundaries and protect you from potential financial ruin.

Peace of Mind

Postnuptial agreements can also offer couples some peace of mind. When the division of assets and liabilities is already outlined in the event of a divorce, couples can reduce anxiety and uncertainty about their future.

This peace of mind can be particularly important for couples who have been through a difficult period in their relationship, and want to establish a clear path moving forward.

Postnuptial agreements can be updated and revised as needed. As couples' financial situations and priorities change, their postnuptial agreement can be updated to reflect these changes.

For example, if variables such as wealth, number of children, and jobs, change over time, you may feel stuck with an old agreement and wish to make changes. This can help ensure that your postnuptial agreement remains relevant and effective over time.

Contact a DuPage County Family Law Attorney Today

If you are considering creating a postnuptial agreement, contact our knowledgeable and experienced DuPage County family law attorneys.

Call 630-352-2240 for a free consultation. 


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