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Transfer the Marital Home During, Not After, Divorce — Here's Why

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Mark S. Mathewson

Making sure the family house gets properly transferred in a divorce should be high on every lawyer's to-do list, according to Adam Whiteman in the ISBA's November 2017 Real Property newsletter. That means seeing to it that "the property gets quitclaimed and recorded as necessary and…the mortgage is refinanced or…some other agreement is put in place to remove the non-owning spouse from any mortgage that encumbers the property," he writes. Waiting till the divorce is over is asking for trouble.

A few of his tips:

The Case for Postnups

Posted on November 15, 2017 by Mark S. Mathewson

A postnuptial agreement is "an important and effective tool in Illinois and should not be forgotten by practitioners," writes Chicago lawyers Joshua S. Singewald and Kellie Rose Bylica in the September ISBA Family Law Section newsletter.

As in the case of any contract, a postnup must be entered into voluntarily by the parties, and the familiar contract-law protections against coercion and mistake apply, Singewald and Bylica note. And Illinois law "require[s] a full disclosure of each party's assets and liabilities for every postnuptial agreement," allowing each "to make an informed decision."

So when would a married couple use one? "[I]f one spouse intends to start a business during the marriage, the business-owning spouse may want to protect his or her business in the event of divorce," Singewald and Bylica write. "Similarly…a spouse [who] makes a substantial non-marital contribution to a marital asset," such as making the down payment on a house, might want to assure reimbursement, they write. Postnups also enable the parties to allocate debt, deal with bequests to children of previous marriages, and even "[r]evise a prenuptial agreement based on current/changed circumstances."

Learn more about postnups in the September Family Law newsletter.

ISBA Section newsletter searches now easier than ever

Posted on August 19, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Find what you're looking for in ISBA newsletters! Our section newsletter archives have been completely overhauled to make searching easier for any article back to 1999. Or use our new indexes to browse by subject, title or author's name. Visit www.isba.org/publications/sectionnewsletters