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Can a postnuptial agreement keep you out of divorce court?

If your marriage is not as good as it once was, you may think you and your husband or wife are heading for a divorce. While divorce is right for many couples, you may want to try to save your marriage before calling it quits. Negotiating a postnuptial agreement may be one of the more effective ways to preserve your marriage.

A postnuptial agreement is like a prenuptial one with a key exception: postnuptial agreements happen after marriage. Here are some ways a postnuptial agreement may keep you and your spouse out of divorce court.

Formalize marital roles

Married couples often bicker about household duties. If you must carry an oversized share of the workload, you may develop anger or resentment. You may also experience overwhelming fatigue. Your postnuptial agreement may outline and formalize marital roles, allowing you and your spouse to better share household responsibilities.

Address financial matters

If you have too much debt, you and your husband or wife may also have too much stress to focus on the good parts of your marriage. Fortunately, you may be able to use your postnuptial agreement to address outstanding debt, define marital property and even provide for future spousal support.

Engage each other

When marital discord reaches a certain level, it can be difficult for each spouse to discuss his or her concerns in positive and productive ways. After all, these discussions may quickly turn to verbal disputes. When you are negotiating a postnuptial agreement, though, you may have a unique opportunity to engage your spouse.

Even though postnuptial agreements do not save every marriage, they often improve relationships. Ultimately, making a good faith effort to draft one may tell you whether your marriage is salvageable or heading for divorce court.

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