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Common Myths About Prenuptial Agreements in Illinois

 Posted on August 11, 2021 in Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

chicago family lawyer Prenuptial agreements are legal contracts some couples enter into before getting married. These contracts set forth the division of assets in the event of a divorce and are typically recommended for couples with wealth disparities and those who have been married before. If you are considering creating a prenuptial agreement, it is important to consult an Illinois family lawyer promptly.

Misconceptions About Prenuptial Agreements 

Prenuptial agreements have a bad reputation due to misinformation and misunderstandings. However, prenuptial agreements can provide multiple benefits for both parties. Here are a few common misconceptions about these agreements.

  • If you sign a prenuptial agreement, you plan to divorce. Some couples are reluctant to enter into a prenuptial agreement because the document is associated with divorce. However, just because you sign this agreement does not mean you and your partner will get divorced in the future. It simply offers protection for both parties if a divorce does occur.

  • Prenuptial agreements may include child custody and support provisions. Judges will not enforce prenuptial agreements that include provisions that order where a child will live or how much a parent has to pay in child support.

  • Prenuptial agreements usually are not enforceable. As long as a prenuptial agreement is signed by both parties and has reasonable provisions, a judge will likely enforce it. A family attorney can help you draft a valid prenuptial agreement that will be upheld by an Illinois judge.

  • Asking for a prenuptial agreement will destroy your relationship. Some people shy away from getting prenuptial agreements because they assume their partner will become angry and break things off. However, if you talk about the matter calmly and logically, it is less likely to cause conflict. Discuss how the contract can benefit both of you and be willing to listen to your partner’s questions and concerns.

  • Hiring a lawyer is not necessary. Prenuptial agreements are complex documents that contain legal jargon the average person may not understand. As such, it is a wise idea to work with a skilled family lawyer. He or she will make sure the document is valid and reflects your best interests.

Contact a Cook County Family Attorney

If you have additional questions about prenuptial agreements, a Chicago, IL family lawyer from the Law Offices of Curtis Bennett Ross, L.L.C. can help. We understand how confusing these contracts can be and want to guide you through the process. Call 312-984-1514 to schedule a free consultation.



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