Pre-Divorce Planning

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Pre-Divorce Planning

Chicago Pre-Divorce Planning Attorneys

One of the most stressful aspects of a divorce (or possible divorce) is not knowing what to expect. In response to this concern, The Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group is proud to offer our unique service we call a “Pre-Divorce Planning Session.” This is a private and confidential meeting with one of our attorneys for potential clients who are considering or believe they may have to undergo a divorce. This is far more detailed than a traditional initial consultation you would have with one of us or another law firm. Instead, during a Pre-Divorce Planning Session, you sign a retainer establishing attorney-client privilege so that we can privately and confidentially advise and consult you. With the attorney/client relationship officially established, we are able to discuss the specifics of how a divorce is likely to play out for your unique situation. We are able to provide detailed insight and possible outcomes of your divorce with respect to finances, property, and custody.

Essentially, our Pre-Divorce Planning Session is about considering where you are now and where you would like to be in the future. We then provide you with detailed strategies. The more you plan―and make smart choices with a clear mind―the better your position will be in your post-divorce life.

Prenuptial Agreements

No matter the amount or type of assets a couple acquires during marriage, deciding who gets what upon divorce can be complicated (and costly). Entering into a prenuptial agreement can help avoid this burden, significantly reduce any possible divorce costs, and give spouses the peace of mind of knowing how their property, income, and inheritance plans will be handled in the event of divorce or separation. Prenuptial agreements are often difficult to address with a partner in the excitement of an anticipated marriage. Nevertheless, they are important to have should things turn for the worse, much like insurance. They are not something you plan on using but something you will be glad you have in the event of a divorce. At the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group, we help clients prepare sound agreements that protect their own interests while simultaneously honoring their relationships.

For women considering divorce, we also provide pre-divorce planning services with the goal of advising clients on what to expect if they proceed with divorce and how to effectively prepare. By thinking ahead, you can take steps to ease the transition for both you and your children.

More about prenuptial agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a contract between two people who are about to be married that spells out how assets will be distributed in the event of divorce, separation, or death. It is wise to have a prenup if you fall into any of these categories:

  • One of you is much wealthier than the other.
  • You are coming into the marriage with assets, such as a home, stocks, or retirement funds.
  • You are a business owner, or you are planning to start a family business.
  • You have children or grandchildren from a previous marriage.
  • You have relatives that need to be taken care of, such as elderly parents.
  • You are pursuing a degree or license in a lucrative profession.

While talking to your soon-to-be spouse or partner about a prenuptial agreement may be difficult, remember that a marriage is a financial union as well as an emotional one. In many situations, the financial security and protection provided by a prenup may work to strengthen, rather than weaken, your relationship.

Postnuptial Agreements

As the name indicates, postnuptial agreements are created after a marriage has begun. When married couples have concerns about finances or asset protection, voluntarily entering into a postnuptial agreement can put an end to worry and anxiety by addressing one or both spouses threatened financial security. Like prenuptial agreements, they can provide the means of knowing exactly what would happen in the case of a divorce or separation and how both spouses would be able to support themselves.

Contact Us about Prenuptial Agreements or Pre-Divorce Planning

To learn more about prenuptial agreements or to take advantage of the pre-divorce planning services offered by Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group, please contact our offices to schedule a consultation. With locations in Chicago and Lake Forest, we are conveniently located to serve clients throughout the Chicago metro area.

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