Postnuptial agreements, colloquially known as 'postnups,' are documents of significant importance in married life. Created after a couple ties the knot or enters a civil partnership, postnuptial agreements are legally binding contracts that carry much weight. These agreements, besides outlining how assets and debts would be split during a divorce or separation, often venture into the realm of spousal support provisions.
However, when a marriage involves children, these postnuptial agreements can serve a broader function. They can incorporate a postnuptial custody agreement. This is an arrangement that pre-determines the aspects related to child custody, ensuring both parents and their child(ren) have a clear understanding of what the future would look like if a separation occurred. Therefore, a comprehensive postnuptial custody agreement is not only about asset division or spousal support — it firmly anchors the core principle of upholding the child's best interests in the event of a divorce or separation.
In a broader sense, when the postnuptial agreement explores the realm of child custody, it is referred to as a postnuptial custody agreement. Such an agreement pre-decides the parenting arrangements in case the union dissolves. Child custody provisions in a postnup can include details on legal custody, physical custody, visitation schedules, and procedures for resolving future custody disputes.