Kane County Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreement Lawyers
Skilled Marital Agreements Attorneys Serving St. Charles, Batavia, and Geneva
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are increasingly popular among couples from all walks of life. These legal documents are used to help couples define what will happen to their assets should they divorce or pass away. No one can predict the future, but you can plan for whatever may come. At Shaw Family Law, P.C., our attorneys are experienced in negotiating and drafting durable marital agreements that can stand up to future challenges. We strive to ensure all possible scenarios are covered and that our clients' rights and interests are fully protected.
Reasons for Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
In the past, prenuptial agreements were used almost exclusively by the wealthy elite. That has completely changed especially in recent years. Now all different types of couples choose to protect their interests with a pre-nup or a post-nup for various reasons including:
- One spouse is worth significantly more than the other. If there is a large discrepancy in the net worths of each spouse, a prenuptial agreement can be used to make sure money is not a motivator for the marriage.
- There are children from a previous marriage to consider. If one spouse has children from a previous marriage, a prenuptial agreement can help protect the inheritance of those children.
- One spouse is a business owner. If one spouse owns a business or a share of a business (i.e. family owned business or professional practice), a pre-nup or post-nup can be used to make sure that business is never subject to division if you divorce or die.
- One spouse has a lot of debt going into the marriage. A prenuptial agreement can make sure that you are not responsible for that debt if you divorce.
- One spouse wants to acquire a significant asset or debt. Anything acquired during the marriage is considered marital property. A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can exclude certain items from the property division process of a divorce.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are not only used to protect the spouse with the greater income and assets. They can also be tools for less-wage-earning spouses to ensure that they will also be taken care of with a financial settlement and/or spousal maintenance if the marriage ends.
If you or your significant other are interested in protecting yourselves with a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, contact Shaw Family Law, P.C. by calling 630-206-3300 to schedule a free initial consultation. We will help you draft and negotiate the legal documents you need to move forward with your plans. Our attorneys work with clients throughout Northern Illinois including St. Charles, Geneva, Aurora, Batavia, Wheaton, Yorkville, Elgin, DeKalb, and the surrounding city and county areas.