If you and your future spouse decided to tie the knot and agreed to create a
prenuptial agreement before your trip down the aisle, your next step will involve discussing
what to include. You may already have some ideas of what you are hoping
to write into this important legal document and, to assist you with this
process, we have some suggestions for you to consider.
Creating a Prenuptial Agreement
A prenuptial agreement can provide substantial protection for both spouses
if the marriage ever ends in divorce. However, it will only be as effective
as you make it, so it is crucial to carefully consider what you wish to
include in it.
Here are some items you may want to include in your prenuptial agreement:
Distinguish the difference between separate and marital property: If you do not include this in your prenuptial agreement, assets and property
will be divided according to state law, which can be time-consuming and
difficult. Texas is a community property state which means that, unless
otherwise stated in your prenuptial agreement, all assets will be divided evenly.
Protect yourself against debt: A couple may enter a marriage with a substantial amount of debt. To protect
yourself from your spouse’s debt, you can limit your liability in
your prenuptial agreement.
Describe each spouse’s responsibilities: A prenuptial agreement can do more than simply state what will happen when
the marriage ends. You and your spouse can also describe one another’s
marital responsibilities during the marriage, such as how joint bank accounts
will be managed and who will take care of household expenses.
Provisions for kids from other relationships: If you have children from another relationship, you can utilize your prenuptial
agreement to protect their inheritance.
Every couple’s needs are unique, so do not hesitate to contact an
attorney to assist you with this process.
Work with Our Experienced Team to Create a Prenuptial Agreement Today!
Getting married is a big decision and creating a prenuptial agreement with
your future spouse can help ensure that, no matter what happens, you will
both be protected. At the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny, our family law
team has more than three decades of combined legal experience. You can
rely on us to help you create a prenuptial agreement that is right for you.
Reach out to our law office today at (713) 936-2300 to set up a case review with one of our attorneys.