Prenuptial And Postnuptial Agreements In The Greater Chicago Area

"Until death do us part." Though still a part of most marriage ceremonies, these days those words unfortunately may not ring true. At least half of all new marriages will end in divorce. Failure rates are even higher for second marriages. While that does not mean your marriage will not last, it does mean you should be realistic when entering into a marriage, especially if you have significant assets or children from a prior relationship to consider.

At Goddard & Malmquist, we can help you put legally binding agreements in place that are aimed at protecting your interests and your assets. Whether you need help with a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, we can provide proper advice and assist you in drafting the agreements you desire.

In some cases, getting your partner to agree to the conditions set forth in the agreement can be difficult. However, we can provide you with some advice as to how to approach the subject and make it more acceptable to your partner.

With almost 60 years of legal experience, Alexandra Goddard and Jessica Malmquist have helped many couples draft important agreements aimed at making a potential divorce a much easier matter to settle.

Who Needs A Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreement?

These types of agreements are not only for the wealthy; they are also a good idea for people who have more modest assets or businesses but are concerned with protecting them.

In general, you may want to consider a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement if any of the following situations applies to you:

  1. You have substantial assets you seek to protect, including savings, investments, property, and other assets.
  2. You expect to receive a large inheritance.
  3. One of you will be supporting the other while he/she attends college, vocational training, or some other form of education.
  4. You are pursuing a degree in a field such as medicine, science, or engineering that may provide substantial income.
  5. You have children from a previous marriage.
  6. You own a business or part of a business, or you have an idea, new product, or service that you believe is on the verge of success and will provide significant income.

To discuss how we can help you in the preparation or review of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, contact Goddard & Malmquist at 847-382-3995, or you may send us a confidential email to schedule a consultation.