Preparing for Marriage

Premarital (or, prenuptial) agreements are often considered in cases where you or your spouses have considerable assets or income. These agreements are intended to clarify important issues relating to your children, property and income during and after the period of marriage, whether it ends by annulment, divorce or death.

Texas state law on premarital agreements is patterned after the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act, which the state legislature adopted in 1987. In the years since, some provisions of the Act have been changed or clarified by the state legislature or appeals court decisions.

If you are considering a premarital agreement, there are three overriding issues that must be understood by each party:

For these reasons, BOTH of you should be represented by an attorney and, in most cases, also seek advice from qualified financial analysts and tax experts. Please call me at 713 974 0650 to schedule a consultation.

Examples of issues addressed in the premarital agreement are provided below. This list is provided for illustration only and is not intended to be complete. In fact, since a premarital agreement is a contract between you and your spouse, almost anything allowed under contract law- that is also relevant to your marital relationship- can be included.

Sections in the agreement can address these matters for you and your spouse:

 

Preparing for your wedding usually means planning the ceremony, reception and honeymoon. However, marriage can have a huge impact on life's other plans- like retirement or your child's education. You and your spouse should consider whether a premarital agreement can strengthen those plans.

 

 

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