According to USA Today, postnups are starting to pick up. They are becoming
a natural part of marriage for couples that failed to create a prenuptial
agreement before they tied the knot. USA Today says that these postnuptial
agreements are now accepted in all 50 states and can cover anything and
everything that a couple wants to discuss. The American Academy of Matrimonial
lawyers says that 51% of all attorneys have seen an increase in postnuptial
agreements, while 46% of all attorneys said that they did not see a change
in the number of postnuptial agreements that they assisted with between
2009 and 2012.
Experts say that they expect an additional increase in postnuptial agreements
because of the Defense of Marriage Act ruling by the Supreme Court. The
Supreme Court recently ruled that marriage can be between a homosexual
couple and that couple can still receive federal benefits if they live
in a state that accepts homosexual marriage. Attorneys believe that these
LGBT couples will now come and draft postnuptial agreements to secure
their properties in the relationship.
The American Bar Association expects that both
prenuptial agreements and
postnuptial agreements will become more popular in the years to come now that federal benefits
cannot be denied to same-sex spouses based on DOMA. Lawyers say that homosexuals
will not want to protect those federal benefits after a divorce. Also,
homosexual couples rushing to marry after the end of Proposition 8 may
opt for a postnuptial agreement instead of a prenuptial agreement so that
they can marry quicker.
Lawyers admit that postnuptial agreements can be helpful to guide couples
through money issues. They say that many marriages disintegrate because
of money troubles, and prenuptial agreements or postnuptial agreements
can help individuals to work through these issues and negotiate compromises.
If you want more information about prenuptials and postnuptials talk to a
Los Angeles divorce attorney at the firm today!