No one anticipates an untimely death, but responsible people have life insurance so they are prepared if the unexpected becomes a reality. In a similar vein, no couple expects to get a divorce, but responsible spouses should have a premarital agreement in case the unexpected occurs. Additionally, these documents can resolve disputes before they erupt into conflict and put future plans into writing. In terms of the applicable law for prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, Illinois’ Uniform Premarital Agreement Act consolidates the applicable rules.
At Glasgow & Olsson, our attorneys serve as both strong advocates and trusted advisors. You can count on them to provide solid advice based on the appropriate law and your family’s unique situation. Our firm is here to help ensure that your marriage starts off on a firm foundation, and a premarital agreement can be part of that footing.
There is nearly always an element of uncertainty in even the strongest relationships, and while a prenuptial agreement cannot remove these feelings entirely, it can clear up some common issues, such as:
Once it is signed and properly executed, a marital agreement remains in force unless and until both spouses execute a new one in writing.
Under the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act, a party challenging a pact must prove that it was not entered into voluntarily or that it was unconscionable when made. The first challenge–involuntariness–is difficult to establish, because Illinois law essentially requires some form of physical coercion. Unconscionability, on the other hand, may be demonstrated in several ways:
To avoid later disputes, it is best that both parties have independent counsel throughout the process.
Spousal support restrictions are generally enforceable, provided that if these limitations impose an “undue hardship” on the recipient spouse, the payor spouse must provide support “to the extent necessary to avoid such hardship.” Illinois law is rather uncertain as to what these terms mean. Similarly, child support can only be restricted in extreme circumstances, and such provisions are almost always void.
A marital agreement can start a relationship on a sure foundation, or keep it moving forward after the couple exchanges vows. For your initial consultation in this area, contact us today at 847.577.8700.
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The first meeting with Tom I was at ease with his professionalism and knowledge. The communication throughout the entire process was excellent as well with his staff. I highly recommend Tom with any of your legal needs.
I cannot begin to describe just how helpful Thomas Glasgow and his team was. He met with me 1 day after contacting him regarding my case. He was direct and honest with his expectations from me as a client and took care of the rest. His responsiveness to all my questions was quick and diligent. I felt as though I had hired the best professional in the area. His presence is felt in every room he walks into and his results are that of a true expert in the field. Thank you for everything.
This review is for both Mr. Glasgow and Ms. Olsson. Mr. Glasgow met with me prompty and took the time to explain everything, even addressing my worries about costs and advised how to effectively use my retainer without charging me for that first meeting. They were both there for me as my divorce took an emotional turn and provided the best guidance within the bounds of the law. Both attorneys are not only honest professionals but also compassionate individuals who made a challenging process more manageable.
I was very upset about my case and doubting my current attorney when I contacted Tom and his firm. He took time out of his day to talk me off the ledge and helped me to see things in a clearer light and from my attorney’s perspective. He spoke with me nearly 25 minutes when he didn’t have to. Additionally, he called me back FIRST thing in the morning. I did not hire Glasgow & Olsson only because of Tom’s honesty integrity and advice. However, based on this experience I wouldn’t hesitate to refer someone to them. The fact that he advised me to stick with my current attorney instead of just taking my money tells you everything you need to know about him! They are trust worthy hardworking and Tom is very sharp and I could tell from even just a short conversation he had a ton of experience from the nuanced perspective he has on things. Very impressed with Tom. I expect his colleague to be just as exceptional. You get what you pay for in attorneys…but Tom backs it up. His knowledge of judges, other attorneys, the system in general is unmatched in all the conversations I’ve had with various attorneys over the years.
Tom Glasgow is amazing. He has handled several criminal expungement and professional licensing matters for me. Each case had a great result, and I have Attorney Glasgow to thank for that. I would highly recommend him for anyone needing help in criminal law, expungements, and administrative matters. Tom will never let you down!
Tom was highly recommended by a personal friend (another attorney) to assist me in a civil matter. Tom took the time to get to know me and my situation, and it was very clear from the beginning that he had my best interests at heart. I felt very comfortable with his demeanor, expertise and most importantly his compassionate approach. Tom was always available when needed and instilled confidence as I dealt with a challenging situation. I highly recommend Tom for any legal needs. He is amazing attorney with a kind heart.
We hired Mr. Glasgow to help my son. My son was facing some possible serious consequences. Mr. Glasgow told my son he would help him and he really came through. We were extremely pleased with the outcome of my son’s case. Mr. Glasgow is a phenomenal attorney and we would recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone needing legal help.
I’ve never felt unsure of the outcome of any case Tom and Stephanie have represented me in. Genuine, yet tenacious attorneys with a plethora of knowledge. They have gone above and beyond all my expectations with both traffic and family court. Don’t go with any one else but this firm.
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