Getting Annoyed: Postmarital Agreements
Okay, that’s a broad and non-descriptive heading. Let us explain. If you’re married but you don’t see the marriage lasting much longer, you may want to consult an attorney to determine how to approach separation. How you separate may affect some of the factors that a judge will consider relating to equitable distribution, spousal support, and child custody. You should make sure you are not doing anything that will hurt your future arguments in court.
Perhaps you aren’t planning to separate just yet, but you don’t feel prepared if it were to happen. If you are married and either you don’t have a premarital agreement or you’re not happy with the terms of your existing premarital agreement, you may want to enter into a postmarital agreement or amend your premarital agreement. There are many reasons you may want to do this, but the most common reason is if you and/or your spouse are worried it is not going to work out and you want to be prepared for the worst. Maybe you have simply been through recent life changes and you realize that you need more protection than you originally thought, or the terms of your existing agreement no longer make sense. There are a lot of reasons you may want a postmarital agreement, and if you find yourself considering it, you should contact a family law attorney to discuss your options because these agreements have more stringent requirements than premarital agreements.