Postnups on the Rise in America

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!