Skokie Prenuptial Agreement Attorneys

Protect Your Future with a Prenuptial Agreement in Skokie, IL

Prenuptial agreements are designed to protect the financial interests of future spouses. In the event of a divorce, prenuptial agreements can be used to prevent a spouse from claiming certain assets or property that were brought into the marriage. In addition, prenuptial agreements can be used to dictate how assets will be divided in the event of a divorce.

Protecting your financial interests and business assets is vital when facing a divorce. A Skokie prenuptial agreement attorney at the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. can help you protect your interests and assets.


Call (312) 487-2795 or contact us online today for more information about prenuptial agreements in Skokie, IL.


What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements, also known as prenuptial agreements, are legal agreements that are made before a couple gets married. These agreements can dictate how property will be divided in the event of divorce or death, and can also include provisions regarding spousal support. While prenuptial agreements are typically only made by people that have a significant amount of assets, it is possible for anyone to create a prenuptial agreement.

A prenuptial agreement can include the following provisions:

  • Property Division: The prenup outlines how the couple's property and assets will be distributed if the marriage ends. It defines what constitutes separate property (assets owned before the marriage) and marital property (acquired during the marriage).
  • Debts and Obligations: The agreement can address how debts and financial obligations, both pre-existing and acquired during the marriage, will be handled and allocated between the spouses upon separation.
  • Alimony: It may establish whether either spouse will be entitled to spousal support, also known as alimony, and define the amount and duration of such support.
  • Estate Planning: Prenuptial agreements may include provisions regarding inheritance rights and how assets will be distributed in case of one spouse's death.
  • Personal Issues: Some prenups touch on personal matters like religious beliefs, child-rearing arrangements, or lifestyle preferences.

While prenuptial agreements are typically made by people who have substantial assets, anyone can create a prenuptial agreement. Prenuptial agreements are often made by people who are entering second marriages, are entering a marriage in which there is a significant age difference between the spouses, or who have a high net worth.

To be valid and enforceable in Illinois, a prenuptial agreement must meet certain requirements, including being in writing and signed by both parties voluntarily. Each party should have had the opportunity to consult with their own legal counsel, and the agreement should not be unconscionable or overly one-sided.

Why Should I Have a Prenuptial Agreement?

There are many reasons why someone would choose to have a prenuptial agreement. One of the most common reasons is to protect one's assets in the event of a divorce. While Illinois is a community property state, which means that all property earned during a marriage is split equally in the event of divorce, there are certain assets that will not be considered community property. This includes:

  • Property that was owned before the marriage
  • Property that was received as a gift or inheritance during the marriage
  • Any increase in value of property during the marriage
  • Income earned during the marriage that was kept separate

These assets will not be considered community property in the event of a divorce. Having a prenuptial agreement can help an individual protect these assets in the event of divorce.

Another reason to have a prenuptial agreement is to dictate how your assets will be divided in the event of death. If you have a high net worth, it is important to have a will, and a prenuptial agreement can help you outline how your assets will be divided in the event of death. This can prevent confusion and conflict among your family members and beneficiaries.

How Can a Skokie Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer Help?

Creating a prenuptial agreement can be a complicated process. It is vital that the agreement is drafted by an experienced prenuptial agreement lawyer in Skokie. Our legal team can help you draft an air-tight agreement that will protect your assets.


To speak with a Skokie prenuptial agreement lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. at (312) 487-2795 today.


 

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What you can address in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement:

  • Marital and separate property
  • Marital and separate debts
  • Alimony concerns
  • Inheritances & family heirlooms
  • Children from a previous marriage

We have handled it all, and we are dedicated to helping couples navigate the prenup or postnup drafting process with ease. We also make sure every client receives the one-on-one attention and personalized service they deserve, no matter the situation. Our family law team takes the time to fully understand your situation, devising a sound legal strategy that's centered on achieving your goals. Don't wait to get the award-winning legal representation that you need and deserve. Let us help you create and implement a fair, favorable, and legally sound agreement.

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