When you meet the love of your life, everything seems rosy. You and your partner agree on just about everything: you've decided how many kids you want to have, and whether you want to live in the city or in the suburbs. Planning your life together seems easy.
It may feel like your loyal, furry friend is a member of the family. However, under Texas law, your pet is considered property. This means that, in the event of divorce, your dog or cat can be treated just like furniture and any other possessions-and be assigned to one spouse or the other.
Before you got married, your husband convinced you that it was in your best interests to sign a prenuptial agreement. Now that your divorce is on the horizon, you are wondering how much a role that prenup will play in the settlement. Did you give up your rights to the marital home in Sugar Land? Will you have any claim on the condominium you and your husband invested in as a rental property on Galveston Island? Most importantly, will the agreement even hold up in court?
How many Fort Bend fiancés wanted to cancel a wedding but didn't have the courage to disappoint relatives and lose a reception hall deposit? An alternate question from a Texas family law judge: How many fiancés agree to prenuptial agreements to avoid backing out of marriage plans?
Texas matrimonial lawyers learn through experience what makes marriages crumble. Couples who separate and divorce often have financial issues that include widely divergent views on how to save or spend money. Some divorce litigators suggest prenuptial agreements prevent rude awakenings about finances after marriage.
Premarital financial agreements were once considered forerunners of doom. How could a couple planning a lifetime marriage even think about such dark subjects as property division, divorce or death?
The oddest requests are beginning to show up in agreements that couples sign before and after they marry. Texas family law attorneys say couples have added financial punishments and benefits to prenuptial agreements over provisions like weight, infidelity, hair color and sex.
States and courts have rules that vary when it comes to prenuptial agreements. The private contracts are signed before marriage to divide marital assets, according to a couple's wishes in the event of divorce.
Attitudes are changing about financial contracts signed by Texas couples entering into marriage. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reported a 73 percent rise in popularity for prenuptial agreements among engaged couples in the last seven years.
These days, many soon-to-be married partners in Texas want a little financial protection just in case their marriage is among the approximately 50 percent that fail. Many states recognize prenuptial agreements as contracts that add up and define separate and marital property.