With divorce rates continuing to remain high as well as many people deciding to marry later in life, a Prenuptial agreement can be an important tool for protecting assets accumulated prior to marriage. Prenuptial agreements, which are sometimes referred to as Premarital Agreements, Pre-Nups, or Antenuptial agreements are contracts written prior to a marriage to determine, issues such as property division, maintenance, and the payment of attorneys fees in the event of a divorce. Some aspects of family law such as child custody cannot be legally pre-determined by a Prenuptial agreement. Most people are aware of stories of vicious divorce battles over property and maintenance issues and the stress and anxiety that can result. The use of a well drafted Prenuptial agreement can be a successful mechanism for avoiding expensive and confrontational divorce litigation. A Post-nuptial agreement is similar to Prenuptial agreement except that it is drafted during the course of the marriage. Like a Prenuptial Agreement, a Post-nuptial agreement can also be used as a way for married couples to lay out their expectations about property and financial responsibilities in the event of a dissolution of marriage. There are a number of reasons to consider a Prenuptial agreement prior to marriage, including the protection of a party’s significant non-marital property and the avoidance of a contentious divorce case. At HRK our attorneys have assisted many clients in reviewing, negotiating, drafting, challenging, and enforcing relationship agreements. Our lawyers are thoroughly familiar with Illinois family and contract law, and are thus in a unique position to represent clients in this area of the law. If you wish to create, challenge, or enforce a Prenuptial agreement, Post-nuptial agreement, Co-habitation agreement, or domestic partnership agreement we invite you to contact the attorneys at HRK for an appointment.