St. Charles Pre and Postnuptial Agreements Lawyers

Pre and Postnuptial Agreements Lawyers Serving Kane County

Once used almost exclusively by the wealthy elite, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements have become popular with a wide range of people in the last several decades. These documents allow couples to make decisions about what will happen to their assets should their marriage end in divorce, separation, or death. Prenuptial agreements are executed prior to the marriage, and postnuptial agreements are executed during the marriage. With a legal agreement in place, all parties understand their rights, which can offer many couples peace of mind.

At the Kane County family law firm of Goostree Law Group, we are experienced in negotiating and drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. We seek to protect our clients' interests and ensure that their agreements are fully valid and enforceable.

Personalized Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements in Kane County

No marriage exactly resembles another. As such, each prenuptial and postnuptial agreement must be drafted specifically to suit the needs and circumstances of the couple it protects. There are many different clauses that can be including in these agreements, such as:

  • Defining marital and non-marital property – A marital agreement provides guidance in specifically listing what would and would not be subject to property division in a divorce. In many cases, couples use prenups to exclude family businesses and business interests from marital property, for example.
  • Planning for how assets will be distributed – When a prenup or postnup agreement is drafted, it details which specific assets will go to which spouse. This can include complex calculations regarding real estate assets or retirement funds, and it can help couples avoid disagreements when addressing these issues in a potential divorce.
  • Outlining alimony/maintenance amounts and timelines – Martial agreements often determine which spouse will receive maintenance, at what amount, and for how long. A prenuptial agreement may tie the amount of maintenance to the duration of the marriage.
  • Spelling out inheritance rights – A marital agreement may also outline certain assets that will be set aside for children from a previous relationship.

Many people choose to obtain a prenuptial agreement when there is a significant gap in the net worth of the two parties. They are also popular among those who have been divorced before or who have children from previous relationships that they wish to protect. Negotiating these matters when both parties are able to cooperate is much easier than hashing them out in a divorce when hard feelings are in the way. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can save a couple a lot of time, expense, and aggravation should a divorce become necessary.

Illinois Prenuptial and Postnuptial Litigation

It is possible to successfully challenge the validity of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. If the agreement was signed under duress, for example, it may be challenged. Our attorneys are skilled in handling litigation involving prenuptial and postnuptial agreements from both sides. We know how to successfully challenge these agreements as well as how to effectively defend their validity.

Contact Our St. Charles Prenuptial Agreement Lawyers

If you are interested in obtaining a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, or if you are involved in a dispute involving a marital agreement during your divorce, contact us at 630-584-4800 to schedule a free consultation. We will explain your legal options and requirements. We work with clients throughout Kane County and Northern Illinois.

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