In Texas, establishing a prenuptial agreement is a wise move for every couple, regardless of station or circumstances. The conventional ideas that a prenup is only for the rich and famous, or only building a backdoor into your relationship are thankfully falling away, as more and more couples are recognizing that protecting yourself and your partner can be a strengthening measure to your relationship, rather than a weakening measure.
One of the greatest advantages of a prenuptial agreement for all relationships is that it truly requires partners to sit down and get to the bottom of many areas that they may have avoided talking about. A prenup is not only about money or property — it can deal with medical directives, or protected ideas and passion projects. If you think you know and love someone well enough to want to marry them and spend the rest of your life together, you should certainly be willing to wade through the tricky business of thinking through financial possibilities.
Furthermore, the Lone Star state is one of only a few states that still uses the concept “community property” when dividing marital assets in a divorce. This means that, in the absence of a prenuptial agreement, all marital property is divided right down the middle, instead of allowing for mitigating factors to affect distribution.
Ultimately, a prenuptial agreement can protect you from things that seek to tear apart your marriage. Whether it is your partner’s personal debt, or a relative of one spouse who wants to meddle in the other spouse’s business interest or try to get at an inheritance — a prenuptial agreement creates a hedge of protection around a marriage before it even starts, allowing it to blossom and grow on its own terms, without many of the pressures of modern living complicating things. If you are ready to create the perfect agreement for your relationship, an experienced attorney can walk you through the process and set you on a good path as you embark on a new season of life.