Section 7(b) of the Illinois Uniform Premarital Agreement Act states that if a provision of a premarital agreement modifies or eliminates spousal support and that modification or elimination causes one party to the prenuptial agreement undue hardship in light of circumstances not reasonably foreseeable at the time of the execution of the prenuptial agreement, a court, notwithstanding the terms of the prenuptial agreement, may require the other party to provide support to the extent necessary to avoid such hardship. The following is a case study involving the application of these principles.
In the case of In re the Marriage of Barnes, the Appellate Court for the Fourth District analyzed what constitutes undue hardship and unforeseen circumstances. In that case, Edward was the sole shareholder and chief executive officer of a company. He earned in excess of $250,000 per year. His wife, Sandra, quit her office job where she had been earning $19,000 per year in order to spend more time with Edward. Before their marriage, they signed a prenuptial agreement.