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Discuss prenuptial agreements early in an engagement

The moment a couple gets engaged can be magical. However, the last thing that most Texas couples want to do is ruin that magic by talking about money, particularly a prenuptial agreement. However, there are several reasons why talking about a prenup early in the engagement can be beneficial.

Millennial couples are interested in prenuptial agreements

A survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) found that prenuptial agreements have become more popular in Texas and elsewhere in recent years. Of those who took part in the survey, 62% said that they saw an increase in the number of clients who sought such agreements for themselves. Those who participated in the survey also said that the increase was being fueled by millennials.

Reasons to use prenuptial or postnuptial agreements

Some people in Texas may wonder if they should create a prenuptial agreement before getting married. A postnuptial agreement is also a possibility for a couple who is already married. Pre- or postnuptial agreements are generally not necessary for people who are going into a marriage with few assets and no children from a previous relationship. However, people who do have children or significant assets or who anticipate an inheritance that they want to protect may want to consider using these tools.

Texas business owners can benefit from prenups

Divorce can have a major impact on a business. This is one reason why many entrepreneurs who are happy and confident in their relationships opt for prenuptial agreements when choosing to tie the knot. Not only can a prenup protect an entrepreneur in case of divorce, but it could also help to make the business more attractive to investors, venture capitalists and others.

Lawyers report increase in millennial prenuptial agreements

Texas residents in the 18-to-34 age group who are getting married might want a prenuptial agreement. The number of couples using these agreements has increased over a 20-year period. However, the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers has reported the rise in prenups among millennials as a more recent phenomenon.

Why parents may want their children to have a prenup

People in Texas who are getting married might want to consider a prenuptial agreement. In wealthy families, it may be the parents who are pushing the need for the agreement. The parents may be concerned about preserving family wealth and making sure that an ex-spouse does not end up with it in the case of divorce.

How post-nuptial agreements work

When Texas couples get married, they usually want to be together for life. Unfortunately, the U.S. divorce rate shows that even people with the best intentions can't always make their marriages work. One common reason for marital discord is that many couples fight about finances. While prenuptial agreements are one way to get couples to talk about finances before marriage, not every couple has one. However, it is still possible to draft a binding financial agreement even after a couple says, "I do."

Positive aspects of a prenuptial agreement

Texas residents who are planning on getting married might wonder whether they need a prenuptial agreement. There are a number of reasons that one person might want a prenup including to protect children from a previous marriage or to shield an existing business. While a prenup might seem as though it is contrary to the ideas of a wedding, it can actually be an opportunity for couples to discuss and clarify their attitudes about money, spending and saving.

A prenup to plan for a blended family

Texas families come in all shapes and sizes, and so have the blended families resulting from remarriages. Blended families have their own set of issues to deal with and resolve and one of these is how to plan for the financial health of the whole family when these two sides combine. One way to do this is by drafting a prenuptial agreement.

Preparing a pre- or postnuptial agreement

Since Texas is a community property state, a married person might be held responsible for debts incurred during the marriage even if they are in the name of the other spouse. Therefore, the couple may want to consider creating a pre- or postnuptial agreement. Both types of documents may also specify how assets and liabilities will be divided in the event of divorce. These can be particularly useful to protect one spouse if the other one is bringing debts into a relationship or is prone to running up debts. However, these agreements need to be prepared carefully so that their legitimacy is not questioned in court. Postnups may be the focus of particular scrutiny since there could be more coercion around signing one.

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