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Considerations Before Marriage

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When planning a marriage, it is helpful to establish a relationship with an attorney, so you have trusted legal counsel available at all times. Each partner might even wish to secure their own lawyer before marriage.

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Considerations Before Marriage

  1. 1. CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE MARRIAGEA F E W T H I N G S T O K E E P I N M I N D B E F O R E T Y I N G T H E K N O T I N I L L I N O I S
  2. 2. LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIAGE IN ILLINOIS • Both parties must be 18 years old unless there is parental consent, in which case the age limit is 16. • The couple must first obtain a marriage license. • If one of the two parties had a previous marriage, the date of divorce or date of the previous spouse’s death should be reported. If the divorce or death occurred in the last six months, a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate may be required. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 630-305-0222
  3. 3. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 630-305-0222 PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS A couple can choose to secure and define the financial rights of both spouses in the event of a divorce. Prenuptial agreements have become popular as a planning tool that can help eliminate the potential for finance-related conflict during a marriage.
  4. 4. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 630-305-0222 FINANCIAL DISCUSSIONS Whether or not a couple decides to get a prenuptial agreement, it is still best for a couple to consider all of the financial aspects of a marriage.When a couple gets married, they often share property, file taxes differently and, in some cases, share debt. For these reasons, it is reasonable for two people to take a look at their financial situations, so they can begin their marriage on firm financial ground.
  5. 5. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 630-305-0222 MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHILDREN If one or both of the parties has children, it is important to take that into consideration when planning for marriage. In some cases, a couple might decide that adoptions or custody modifications should be part of family planning. Most importantly, a couple should always take a child’s financial and emotional needs into consideration before marriage.
  6. 6. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 630-305-0222 PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE Estate planning should be done as early as possible and updated when major life changes occur. Estate planning is often used to secure assets in the event of a family member’s passing, but it can also have other applications. Estate planning tools include: • Wills • Powers of Attorney • Living Wills (called a declaration in Illinois)
  7. 7. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 630-305-0222 LIFE CARE PLANNING Think of life care planning as a subset of an estate plan. Life care planning sets forth your wishes regarding your treatment and care if you are unable to take care of yourself. It is an extremely important process that is invaluable when one spouse suffers a chronic, debilitating illness or injury.
  8. 8. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 630-305-0222 IF YOU CHOOSE A CIVIL UNION… In some cases, a couple may favor a civil union over a marriage. Civil unions mean that a couple is given the same benefits on the state - but not the federal - level.This means that tax breaks and establishing a partner as a social security beneficiary are not an option. Civil unions do, however, enable two people to exercise joint control over property.They also provide the same responsibilities, protections and benefits offered to married couple by Illinois law.
  9. 9. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 630-305-0222 ESTABLISHING A RELATIONSHIP WITH AN ATTORNEY When planning a marriage, it is helpful to establish a relationship with an attorney, so you have trusted legal counsel available at all times. Each partner might even wish to secure their own lawyer before marriage. A family law attorney will help you through many of the situations you might encounter throughout your life and assist you with any legal issues that could arise.
  10. 10. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 630-305-0222 TO LEARN MORE, CONTACT WOLFE & STEC The family law attorneys atWolfe & Stec are here to help you with your legal needs, from prenuptial agreements to estate planning. Contact us today by filling out our online contact form or calling us at 630-305-0222.

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