Create An Effective Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements are not only fully enforceable under Illinois law, but they are actually encouraged. These agreements are no longer the tools of the very wealthy. Since marriage itself is a contract, premarital agreements are rapidly gaining popularity throughout the culture and considered sound, proactive business decisions.

At the Law Firm of Debra J. Braselton, P.C., we practice family law exclusively — and with excellence. You can depend on Ms. Braselton's many years of experience, legal knowledge, compassion for your situation and attentive personal service to offer you your best chance of positive results for your prenuptial agreement.

If you are divorcing and a dispute has arisen over the contents of a prenuptial agreement, Debra Braselton prefers to promote amicable settlements through mediation and negotiation, but is fully prepared to litigate to protect your rights in court.

Attorney Debra Braselton Offers Sound Advice On Illinois Prenuptial Agreements

The intended purposes of most prenuptial agreements are:

  • Estate planning — A spouse is entitled to renounce a will and claim a significant portion of the deceased spouse's estate, even if the will sought to disinherit the spouse and protect the estate for the children.
  • Domestic relations issues — One of two marriages today will end in divorce. Premarital agreements can plan for an equitable split if the marriage falls apart.
  • Property division — A premarital agreement allows the parties to designate what would otherwise be considered marital property as nonmarital property, thereby avoiding distribution upon divorce.
  • Child rearing — A prenuptial agreement can decide issues of maintenance, support and a child's upbringing in the event of divorce.

Requirements for a valid prenuptial agreement include full financial disclosure, timeliness so that the agreement can be thoroughly reviewed, and attention to the possibility that other legal documents could conflict with the agreement and cause costly litigation.

At the Law Firm of Debra Braselton, P.C., we provide both drafting and review services for those considering prenuptial agreements. Speak with our DuPage County, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Lisle, Elmhurst, Naperville prenuptial agreements lawyer by calling 630-DIVORCE or 630-261-1222. Please see our Initial Consultation page for further information. All contacts with our firm are kept strictly confidential.