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Is it too late to get a postnuptial agreement?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Family Law

It goes without saying that preparing for life-changing possibilities is a responsible thing to do. Deciding how to handle your affairs in the event of divorce, for example, is a good idea regardless of whether or not divorce is on the table.

Life can bring unexpected twists and turns, and sometimes those can lead to the consideration of a postnuptial agreement. It is important to understand what a postnuptial agreement can do for you and whether the time is right to get one.

Understanding postnuptial agreements

A postnuptial agreement, similar to a prenuptial agreement, is a legal document that outlines the division of assets in the event of a divorce. The key difference is that a postnuptial agreement is something you create after the marriage has already taken place. These agreements can cover various aspects of your financial and property matters.

Reasons to consider a postnuptial agreement

There are several reasons why couples may choose to pursue a postnuptial agreement. One common reason is a significant change in financial circumstances, such as one spouse receiving a large inheritance or starting a successful business. A postnuptial agreement can help protect individual assets and clarify financial responsibilities.

Addressing marital issues

In addition to financial matters, postnuptial agreements can also address other aspects of the marriage. Spousal support and custody arrangements for children are common topics covered in a postnup. By clearly outlining these issues in a legally binding document, you can minimize potential conflicts and uncertainties.

Timing your postnuptial agreement

It is never too late to get a postnup until a marriage fully dissolves. While it may seem unconventional to discuss such matters after saying “I do,” you can always take steps to protect yourself and your assets. If you and your spouse are discussing the possibility of divorce, you might even consider a postnuptial agreement to help smooth over the process.

Whether you are looking to protect assets or address other marital issues, considering a postnuptial agreement can benefit both parties in a marriage. It is never too late to make decisions that can improve your future.