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Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements


At Varnum, we believe that each person has a vision for life and the legacy he or she will leave behind. The vision changes and matures, but at any one time it is expressed as an objective or goal for the future. It often includes an element of financial well-being, perhaps centered around the need to preserve, manage and transfer acquired wealth. Two ways to accomplish this vision are through either a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement.

A pre-marital agreement, also commonly referred to as a pre-nuptial agreement or prenup, is a legally binding contract entered into by parties before their marriage that defines what will happen when the marriage ends, either by dissolution or the death of one of the parties.

A post-nuptial agreement is an agreement that parties enter into after they are married when they wish to provide for a specific division of assets or the fulfillment of certain obligations in the event of dissolution of marriage or death. Both types of marital agreements allow parties to sort through financial issues so that each has a clear understanding and expectation concerning their financial rights and obligations.

Varnum's family law attorneys have extensive experience in not only drafting pre- and post-nuptial agreements, but also in litigating or defending enforceability of such agreements.

For more information, please contact either your Varnum attorney, or Mark Hills at 616/846-0687 or

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