Once upon a time, only super-rich couples with substantial separate property bothered with premarital agreements. A web of complex laws governed these pacts. Furthermore, enforcement was uneven. Results might even vary among different judges in the same county. So, if the couple later divorced, a premarital agreement could do little more than intimidate the other side’s attorney.
The Uniform Marital and Premarital Agreements Act changed all that. Instead of a network of laws, there is one law. This reduction greatly streamlined prenuptial agreement formation. Additionally, most other states have also adopted the UMPAA. So, a premarital agreement may even be enforceable across state lines.
In as little as one office visit, a Rolling Meadows family law attorney can craft a prenuptial agreement that does more than prevent costly divorce litigation. A premarital agreement also resolves problems in advance, putting your marriage on a stronger foundation.
Many people want premarital agreements for financial purposes. Indeed, property classification and division is usually the most time-consuming and expensive part of a divorce. Furthermore, financial disputes are one of the leading causes of marital discord. A premarital agreement addresses both these issues, through provisions like:
Child support matters are about the only financial issues which are off-limits in premarital agreements. These awards must be in the best interests of the children, and not in the best interests of the parents.
Prenuptial agreements may also cover inheritance and succession matters. These issues are especially important if either spouse has been married before and a small business, or side hustle, is involved. Many times, Rolling Meadows family law attorneys also draft wills and other executory documents with a premarital agreement. That way, the spouse’s wishes are doubly clear.
No contract is absolutely ironclad. So, there are basically two ways to overturn an unfair premarital agreement property division:
If all this sounds complex, just relax. Generally, if each spouse had an independent Rolling Meadows family law attorney throughout the entire process, most judges will uphold these agreements.
Premarital agreements make potential divorce easier and a certain marriage stronger. For a free consultation with an experienced family law attorney in Rolling Meadows, contact Andrea Heckman Law. We have several area offices to serve our clients better.
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