You love your spouse, and you don’t see an end to your relationship in the future. However, one of your family members started talking to you about prenuptial agreements and how important they are. Now that you’re already married, it’s too late to put together a prenuptial agreement, but you do still have the opportunity to arrange a postnuptial agreement.

Your postnuptial agreement is designed to break down terms of your marriage on paper. For example, you can state what would happen to assets in the case that one spouse dies. You could establish terms for a separation, if you or your spouse ever want to have one. You can also set up some prearrangements involving divorce, such as deciding how to divide property or if you would or would not want alimony.

Keep in mind that there are some things you can’t include in your postnuptial agreement. For instance, you can’t put child custody or child support issues in your agreement. You cannot include anything that would be illegal, either.

You may be concerned that it would offend your spouse to ask about setting a postnuptial agreement up. However, there are many good reasons to have an agreement in place. It’s not just for divorce. It can also outline your responsibilities and the expectations each spouse has during the marriage.

You may not be sure if this is the right option for you. If you would like to learn more, it may be a good idea to speak with your attorney about how a postnuptial agreement may help you protect yourself and help your spouse protect themselves as well.