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It’s Splitsville: Surviving Your Divorce by James J. Gross

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CHAPTER  19

Separation Agreements

Let’s say you got married without a prenuptial agreement (as most people do). It’s not too late. You can still agree on all the matters we discussed in the previous chapter and define what will happen in the event of death or divorce in a written contract signed after the wedding. Postnuptial agreements are just as valid as prenuptial agreements.

Of course, the bargaining positions are different after you are married. If your spouse refuses to sign a postnuptial agreement, the family laws of your state will apply. But some couples find that a postnuptial agreement gives them peace of mind, security, and more certainty about the future. It can sometimes help resolve marital difficulties.

But when the difficulties ...

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