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postnup, Illinois divorce, Kane County Family LawIt is very common today to hear about couples, particularly those who are very wealthy or celebrities, refusing to marry without a prenuptial agreement. For many, it is rather understandable, as most prenuptial agreements help delineate which assets may or may not become part of the marital property along with other possible considerations. One of the potential drawbacks to relying solely on a prenuptial agreement, however, is that, by definition, the agreement must be finalized prior to the marriage. Unforeseen issues and opportunities that may develop over the course of the relationship may be better dealt with by means of a postnuptial agreement instead.

A postnuptial agreement is a cooperative effort between spouses to formally outline the responsibilities and obligations of each party. It is established after the marriage, and in some cases, many years after the beginning of the marriage. Like most prenuptial agreements, a postnuptial agreement can help a couple prepare in the event of divorce, but more than that, such an agreement can contribute to a more fulfilling marital situation.

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Geneva family law attorney, marital property, postnuptial agreement, property division, legal marriage document, estate planning, high asset marriageAlthough prenuptial agreements often evoke sensational headlines or solicit spirited conversations of couples entering into high asset marriages, surprisingly, a well drafted postnuptial agreement may actually save a marriage.

Although different in nature than a prenuptial, the postnuptial serves as a goal-orientated plan to weather the marital shifts evident throughout the life of a marriage.

By entering into a sound postnuptial agreement, couples often avoid financial and stress-producing conflicts in the event of a divorce or the uncertainties of the future in the event a spouse passes unexpectedly.

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