Most people go into marriages taking their vows seriously. For many, “til death do us part” rings true. However, for some, that is not always the case, and their union ends in a divorce. When a marriage dissolves, one of the most disputed topics is often the division of assets and property. During the divorce process, you may need to go back to your prenuptial agreement (prenup) and examine its validity. Under Illinois law, a prenuptial agreement is a contract between two potential spouses that is used to define the division of finances and assets in the event of divorce. As stated in the term “prenuptial,” this contract is made before the nuptial and goes into effect once the couple gets married. However, this agreement is not set in stone. Just like other legal contracts, the validity of a prenuptial agreement can be challenged. The results can lead to portions of the contract being unenforceable, or the entire agreement being invalidated. A knowledgeable family law attorney can help you determine whether or not your prenup is valid.
If a prenuptial agreement is found to be unenforceable, then court proceedings can follow. Some of the reasons this contract might be deemed unenforceable according to the Illinois Uniform Premarital Agreement Act include:
These are just some of the many reasons that a prenuptial agreement may be deemed unenforceable. That is why it is essential to seek professional legal advice when drafting or contesting this type of legally binding document. An experienced family lawyer can make sure you receive your fair share of the marital assets and property.
Couples typically do not enter into marriage thinking that they are going to get divorced. However, it does not hurt to prepare for the unexpected, and that is why many spouses create a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot. In some instances, the document may be contested by one of the spouses during a divorce. A skilled DuPage County prenuptial agreement lawyer can explain your options if your prenuptial agreement is found to be invalid. At SBK Law Group, we will make sure your rights to the marital estate are protected regardless if you are the one contesting or enforcing the prenup. To schedule a private consultation, call our office today at 630-427-4407.