Why Prenuptial Agreements Are On The Rise

Reuters reports that prenuptial agreements are on the rise and not just among affluent couples. Prenuptial agreements can protect against debt, assign who gets to keep pets and contain adultery clauses. More middle-class couples are signing prenuptial agreements and more women are requesting them. Because prenuptial agreements can protect against debt they can be beneficial to couples at all income levels. An agreement can aim to protect one spouse from debt accumulated by the other spouse prior to marriage. The contracts can contain payment provisions or a “signing bonus” for a spouse who sacrifices his or her career for the marriage. An example, is a couple that decides one of them will sacrifice his or her career because the other spouse has a career that requires frequent relocations. Also gaining in popularity are provisions that protect retirement benefits in the event of divorce. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) recently polled its membership regarding prenuptial agreements. Three-quarters of the attorneys who responded to the poll reported that prenuptial agreements have increased in popularity in the last five years and over half said more women are requesting them. If you have questions about prenuptial agreements, call me.

Recent Post

Addiction and Child Custody Cases in Illinois

Addiction is understandably a sensitive subject when parents disagree about how they will care for their children.  Whether it is the mother or the father, or both, who have addiction issues, the court’s primary objective in these cases remains the best...

Illinois Child Support: A Comprehensive Guide

Navigating the complexities of child support in Illinois can be a daunting task for many parents. Whether you are going through a divorce or seeking to understand your obligations or entitlements, having accurate information and good legal counsel crucial. In this...

Key Differences Between Illinois Prenups and Post-nups

Illinois Premarital Agreements Most people have heard of premarital agreements (often referred to as "prenups").  The law defines prenups as contracts drafted and signed by a couple prior to their marriage.  Illinois has a statute, known as the Illinois Uniform...

Divorced Parents Disagree over Covid Vaccines

Now that Covid vaccines are approved for children that are 12 years of age and older, some Chicago divorced parents disagree over Covid vaccines. Specifically, some divorced parents disagree as to whether their children should receive the vaccine.  Some parents...


If you are looking for legal advice and representation with an Illinois divorce, schedule a consultation with experienced Chicago divorce attorney, Tanya Witt, at (312) 500-5400 or info@thewittlawfirm.com.

Representing men and women in Chicago divorce and child custody cases.

This blog does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with an attorney regarding your specific case.