There are many different routes someone can to protect themselves in the event of a divorce such as creating pre-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, post-nuptial agreements and stipulations of settlement. All of these agreements largely contain the same contents and serve much of the same purposes. They help define the respective rights of each marital partner in the event of a dissolution of the marital partnership.
Post-nuptial and Pre-nuptial Agreements are fundamentally the same. The only difference is that one is made prior to the marriage and the other after the parties were wed. Post-nuptial agreements are often created to encourage peace of mind for issues concerning separate property, and other financial questions that might arise during a marriage. Many of the post-nuptial agreements are made by couples who are in a healthy relationship. Couples often have concerns on whether or not they will have the means to support themselves should a dissolution of the marriage take place. The “monied” spouse between the two may wonder what they may need to pay for maintenance or spousal support if they will need to pay anything at all. In the post-nuptial agreement, if the “monied” spouse, is willing to pay maintenance, and it is indicated in the agreement, the outline will show how long the maintenance will last.
A pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement is a legal document outlining the resolution of many questions couples may have. It can help serve as the reassurance needed to help their marriage remain solid.