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Four Things to Discuss Before You Get Married in Illinois

Posted on in Prenuptial Agreement

IL family lawyerThe last thing most engaged couples are interested in talking about is how they will treat each other if their relationship ends. In the excitement of wedding planning and the blush of early love, the idea that a relationship could end in divorce seems impossible and deeply unromantic to discuss. Yet considering the statistics about divorce, couples would be wise to plan ahead and discuss the most important issues they will face. Doing so presents great opportunities for intimate conversations and may even prevent an ill-fated marriage from happening in the first place. Before you tie the knot, talk about these four things - and then approach a skilled prenuptial agreement attorney to create a great premarital contract that protects your priorities.

Children

Not everybody wants children, yet couples with mismatched priorities get married all the time. An individual’s preference for children is highly unlikely to change over time, and when a partner who wants children is coupled with a partner who does not, divorce is often the inevitable outcome. In addition to discussing simply wanting children, engaged couples should discuss how many children they want and their parenting philosophy when it comes to discipline, which parent may need to make career sacrifices, and how major expenses like college will be paid for.

Money

Couples frequently get divorced because of incompatible philosophies around spending and saving money. Set a budget, identify long-term financial goals, and discuss career ambitions well before you set a wedding date. Having a prenuptial agreement is a great way to address financial issues like property division and spousal support that could be very contentious in a divorce.

Religion

While opposites may attract in some regards, religion and value systems inform most parts of our lives and help us make important decisions. If you and your partner do not share important values or cannot agree on whether religion will be a part of your household, this can lead to thorny disagreements in the future.

Daily Preferences

No matter how much you love your spouse, there are things they will do that will drive you crazy. If you can both talk openly about these things and find solutions for how to manage them, problems like loud snoring, picky eating, and laundry preferences can be addressed with a sense of humor. Not talking about them, however, can lead to suppressed irritation, which can lead to bigger blow-ups.

Meet with a DuPage County Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer

Planning your relationship is even more important than planning your wedding. To get help writing an airtight prenuptial agreement, schedule a consultation with an experienced Wheaton, IL prenuptial agreement attorney at Stock, Carlson & Asso. LLC. We are committed to taking your unique circumstances into account so you can get a prenup that addresses your concerns. Call us today at 630-665-2500.

 

Source:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2087&aChapterID=59

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