Signing a prenuptial agreement before you walk down the aisle and say your “I do’s” may not seem like the most romantic idea. A lot of couples have the idea that a prenuptial agreement amounts to preparing for a divorce before you have even managed to get married. However, this is not the case. A prenuptial agreement in Illinois can do more than decide who gets what in a divorce. It can protect you during the marriage, and it can also serve you well in the event that your marriage lasts until one of you has passed away. Aside from that, it is a very practical idea. If you and your spouse-to-be are considering using a prenuptial agreement, you should both be represented by your own attorneys.
Why Should Every Couple Have a Prenuptial Agreement?
It is true that prenuptial agreements can make divorce easier. However, it can also serve other purposes. There are quite a few reasons that prenuptial agreements are a good idea for most couples, including:
Easier divorce – Protecting yourself and your spouse in the event that you do divorce one day is certainly one of the top reasons that some couples elect to sign a prenuptial agreement. While everyone wants their marriage to last forever, most marriages do not. Having a strong prenuptial agreement in place can take the sting and stress out of divorce by eliminating uncertainty and saving you time and money.
Estate planning – It is a little-known fact that prenuptial agreements can be used to help with estate planning. This means that even couples whose marriage lasts until one of them passes away can benefit from a prenuptial agreement. If your marriage will lead to a blended family, you can each use your prenup to protect your own children. You can also agree to create or update your estate plans to protect each other.
Fairness – A common worry people have about prenups is that if there is a divorce, they could be left with nothing and no way to start providing for themselves right away. This is not a likely situation. A prenuptial agreement that would leave someone destitute is unlikely to be enforced due to unconscionability. It may also be a red flag to you if your partner tries to get you to sign this type of agreement.
Our attorneys will work closely with you and your spouse-to-be in order to develop a fair and reasonable agreement.
Call a Cook County Prenuptial Agreement Attorney
Botti Marinaccio, LTD. is experienced in protecting our clients’ interests during the process of reaching a prenuptial agreement. Our skilled Burr Ridge prenuptial agreement lawyers will help ensure that any agreement reached is fair to you. Call 630-575-8585 for a consultation.