Hinsdale Prenuptial Agreement Attorney
Understanding Prenups & Postnups
Prenuptial agreements, often called "prenups," are contracts that couples enter into before marriage to determine asset division in the event of divorce or the death of a spouse. Postnuptial agreements are similar contracts entered into after marriage, establishing asset division in case of divorce or death.
Our skilled Hinsdale prenup attorneys specialize in negotiating and drafting these agreements. We will assist you in creating a fair and mutually agreeable agreement that protects both you and your spouse.
The Keys to a Successful Marital Agreement
Our prenuptial agreement attorneys in Hinsdale understand that successful agreements require customized settlement terms that address your specific needs and protect your interests while preserving the relationship.
Topics Addressed in Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreements:
- Marital and separate property
- Marital and separate debts
- Alimony concerns
- Children from previous marriages
- Inheritances and family heirlooms
Our Hinsdale prenuptial agreement attorneys will guide you through these topics, ensuring that your agreement reflects your unique circumstances.
Topics Excluded from Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreements:
- Child custody
- Parenting time
- Child support
- Spousal duties during marriage
Prenups, Not Just for Celebs: Five Reasons to Consider One Now
Prenuptial agreements are not solely for celebrities. They can benefit engaged couples from all walks of life. Here are five common reasons to consider a prenup:
Reason 1: You Have Important Separate Property
Protect your valued or sentimental separate property from division during divorce. Clearly establish what property remains separate and safeguard income earned during marriage by keeping it in individually owned accounts.
Reason 2: Your Spouse Has Severe Debt
Ensure that your spouse's pre-marital debts remain separate and do not become your responsibility in the event of divorce. Shield yourself from potential financial burdens resulting from your spouse's reckless spending.
Reason 3: You Have or Want to Have Children
Although child custody and support cannot be predetermined, a prenuptial agreement can protect assets you want to ensure are inherited by your children. You can also establish property agreements with your spouse for your child's future benefit.
Reason 4: Your Pets Are Like Your Children
If you cherish your pets and want to retain ownership in case of divorce, include provisions in your prenup for their custody and support. Secure their well-being and your peace of mind.
Reason 5: You Want Less Stress
A prenuptial agreement can reduce stress during marriage by pre-determining many aspects of divorce. This clarity can minimize arguments and alleviate worries about potential losses, promoting a healthier and happier relationship.
Choose the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.:
Our firm is committed to guiding couples through the process of drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements effortlessly. We understand the significance of these documents and their long-term impact on your lives. Allow us to create a fair, favorable, and legally sound agreement tailored to your needs.
MerelFounder and Managing PrincipalJonathan Merel is an experienced attorney who advocates for his clients in all divorce and family law proceedings, including settlement negotiations and trials. Jonathan founded the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. in early 2009 after working for many ...
Caballero DunnManaging PartnerTo clients, Melissa Caballero Dunn is “the best” and a “rare” family attorney. To our firm, she is the engine that keeps us running a smooth operation. As Managing Partner, The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel relies on Melissa to know what's around every ...
DelgadoPartnerKatherine “Kat” Delgado counsels her family law clients with knowledge and compassion throughout their cases, including during settlement negotiations, in court, and in other adversarial settings throughout litigation. Her goal with every client is to ...
DeSanaPartnerJackie is a skilled and compassionate attorney who is dedicated to helping her clients navigate difficult situations. Jackie graduated from Wayne State University in 2012 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Jackie continued her ...
FitzpatrickPartnerAurelija Fitzpatrick believes that a large part of her job is being a problem solver. She also understands that people are often misunderstood. Aurelija has a unique ability to collaborate with family law clients by listening to her client's concerns, ...
KayePartnerBrad Kaye is a divorce and family law attorney who knows how to win. His clients rave about his preparation and support as their divorce attorney . Brad gives his clients confidence in court, whether it's with a professional athlete, music industry ...
MargasonPartnerCharacterized by her ability to navigate the always diverse circumstances of family law cases, Ashley Margason is a trusted family law attorney with a reputation for extensive knowledge and efficiency. A client’s family law needs are unique. Every case is ...
McSurleyPartnerWilliam’s demonstrated ability to exploit all aspects of the legal process to his client’s advantage has helped divorce clients avoid costly litigation altogether, or prevail when such conflicts cannot be avoided. William places an emphasis on using his ...
NortonPartnerJosie graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology (2013). Josie continued on to receive her Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law (2017), where she was named to the Dean’s List and earned a Certificate in ...
TararaPartnerAnnemarie Tarara is on the cutting edge of LGBTQ+ family law issues such as second-parent adoptions and the dissolution of same-sex marriages, civil unions, & domestic partnerships. She also represents clients in obtaining orders of protection and in ...
ZwaskaPartnerDavid Zwaska is an experienced litigator who makes the law digestible for family law clients every step of the way. Sure, Dave has the awards and resume that make him look like a great attorney to hire, including clerking for the Honorable Judge Raul Vega ...
BerndtAssociateKelsey graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with her Bachelor's in Social Relations & Policy and Women's & Gender Studies, where she found a passion for advocating on the behalf of those in need. Kelsey then attended Penn State Law, receiving ...
BroekemaAssociateMarleena graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Theory and Women’s Studies. Marleena continued on to receive her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2018, where she earned a certificate in ...
CashAssociateJeffrey Cash has focused his practice exclusively in the area of family law since 2014 and has represented individuals in all aspects of family law matters, including divorce , paternity, the allocation of parental responsibilities , parenting time, child ...
DeanAssociateMitchell graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Minor in Political Science. Thereafter, Mitchell attended DePaul University College of Law, graduating in May 2021 with a Certificate in Business Law. While ...
Hartrum IVAssociateLaude’s approach to family law is both comprehensive and client-centered. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2017 and DePaul University College of Law in 2020, Laude was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2021. During law school, Laude ...
LeeuwenburgAssociateCora attended Loyola University School of Law and practiced as a 711 student-attorney with the school’s Community Law Clinic where she gained experience as a Guardian ad Litem representing children in court. Cora has always been interested in family law ...
RyterskiAssociateBorn in Rochester, Michigan, Paige obtained her Paralegal Certificate and Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in her hometown. By the time she was 21, Paige was finished with college and working as a Paralegal for a Criminal Defense firm in ...
TrabarisAssociateWill is devoted to guiding his clients through the difficult waters of divorce and other family law proceedings. Will knows that this process can be emotionally taxing and complex, so he prides himself on being a steady hand – as well as a clear head – ...
Melissa was a terrific advocate for me